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PUBLICATIONS 

OF THE 

SCOTTISH HISTORY SOCIETY 

SECOND SERIES 

VOL. 
XIII 

SELECTIONS FROM THE RECORDS OF 
THE REGALITY OF MELROSE 

VOL. 
Ill 



February 1917 



SELECTIONS FROM 

THE RECORDS OF THE 
REGALITY OF MELROSE 

AND FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS OF 
THE EARL OF HADDINGTON 

Edited from the Original Volumes in the Register 

House, Edinburgh, and in the possession of 

Mr. James Curle, the Eael of Haddington 

and others, by 

CHARLES S. ROMANES, C.A. 
VOLUME III 

1547-1706 




EDINBURGH 

Printed at the University Press by T. and A. Constable 

for the Scottish History Society 

1917 



j3 3^7^^ 



CONTENTS 




INTRODUCTION, .... 

Court Books of Melrose Regality, 

Rolls of Head Courts, . 

horninos and inhibitions, 

Rental of Abbeylands c. 1564, 

Manuscripts belonging to the Earl of Haddington: — 
Notarial Instruments, ..... 

Edicts of Archbishop of Glasgow and other Writs, 
Rental of Abbeylands c. 1556, .... 
Register of Evidents of Monastery, 1571-1594, 
Chartulary of Melrose, 1547-1593, . 
Table Register of Melros by David MakcuUo . 
Chartulary of Melrose, 1622-1636, . 
Charters granted by James Ainslie of Darnick, l6l& 

1619, 

Inventory of Evidents c. 1620, 

Charter of the Weavers' Incorporation of Melrose, 

INDEX TO VOLUMES I., II., AND HI., . 



Vll 

1 

45 

62 

133 

148 
167 
237 
246 
340 
400 
417 

449 

464 

472 
477 



INTRODUCTION 

The present volume contains the remaining manuscripts 
of the Court Books and Rolls of the Regality of Melrose, 
formerly in the possession of Mr. James Curie of Prior- 
wood, and now deposited in the General Register House, 
Edinburgh ; an abridgment of a volume of the homings 
and inhibitions relating to the regahty, and a rental of 
the abbey lands about the year 1564, both preserved in 
the Register House ; transcripts and abridgments of 
valuable manuscripts relating to the Abbey in the posses- 
sion of the Earl of Haddington, and some charters and 
other documents in the possession of the Earl of Lauder- 
dale, Lord Binning, Mr. Thomas J. S. Roberts of Dry- 
grange, and Mr. Curie. 

The Editor in submitting these documents has been 
compelled through want of space to abandon his original 
intention of giving a somewhat detailed history of the 
lands and landowners within the bounds of the Regality, 
but the series of charters now printed and the accom- 
panying footnotes will supply much of what would other- 
wise have found a place in these introductory pages. 

The Chartularies of the Earl of Haddington are practi- 
cally a continuation of the Liber de Metros, and demon- 
strate the dissipation of the Church lands by the com- 
mendators, abbots, and monks of Melrose before and at 
the time of the Reformation. They comprise grants 
relating to estates in Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire as well 
as the lands of the Regality in Roxburghshire. 

These Chartularies show how the possessions of Melrose 



viii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Abbey were divided among the vassals of the monastery 
and how the kindly tenant and lessee developed into a 
feuar with a fixity of tenure and pastoral rights over graz- 
ing lands. These rights again were further consolidated 
when in the middle of the eighteenth century the various 
small feuars raised actions for division of the common lands, 
and once more had feudal rights conferred on them over 
the additional lands so acquired in feu, which were then 
added to their holdings. We might proceed further and 
show how in many cases these small holdings were again 
purchased one by one, and finally amalgamated into a 
single large holding, composed, it might be, both of arable 
land and hill pasture. 

It has already been shown ^ that the whole property 
of the Monastery which had accumulated in the hands of 
the monks from the time of David i., and had been erected 
into a free regality, was finally vested in the Crown, and 
again granted by a charter of James vi., dated 1st May 
1569, to James Douglas, second son of William Douglas 
of Loch Leven, as Commendator. In the Charters printed 
in this volume, p. 246 et seq., we see how Douglas, acting 
with his Iconomus, Alexander ColvOle, Commendator of 
Culross,^ exercised the power thus conferred upon him 
' to set in feu ferme lang or schort takkis.' ^ 



' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. Introduction, p. 46. 

' Alexander Colville, Commendator of Culross, who was appointed Iconomus 
of Mefrose during the pupillarity and minority of James Douglas the Commen- 
dator, we may note in passing, was the eldest son of the second marriage of Sir 
James Colville of Ochiltree, afterwards of East Wemyss, with Margaret 
Forrester, sister of David Forrester of Garden. ^ He was appointed Abbot of 
Culross on 4th February 1566-7,' and before January 1571-2 he was appointed 
one of the Senators of the College of Justice and a Privy Councillor on 26th 
May 1572, during which period he acted as Iconomus of Melrose. 

* Oure soverane Lord w' avise and consent etc. Ordanis ane lettre to be 
maid under ye greit seill in dew forme to his weill belovit James Dowglas 
second sone to Williame Dowglas of Lochlevin Gevand grantand and disponand 

1 Scots Peeraec, vol, ii. p. 547 and Reg. Deeds, voL vi. foU 265. 
' Ree Sec. Sig,, xxxv, fol. ii6. 



INTRODUCTION ix 

The Monastery, its manor place, and pertinents were 
first resigned by the Commendator into the hands of the 
King, and were next erected into a temporal lordship in 
the person of WiUiam, Earl of Morton.^ This superior 



to him for all ye dayis of his lyfT All and haill ye abbay of Melros place and 
monastery yairof w*^ all landis lordschippis annuel rentis milnis multuris woddis 
fischeingis tenentis tenandriis and service of fre tenentis kirkis teindis teind 
schavis and utheris frutis commoditeis and proffeittis quhatsumevir perteining ■ 
to ye said abbay Makand ye said James commendatare yairof And gevand and 
disponand to him ye privilege preeminence vote place jurisdiction and authoritie 
quhatsumevir quhairof ye abbottis or commendataris of ye said abbay hes had 
and broukit be vertew of yair first fundatioun or be lovabill use and consuetude 
in pny tyme bipast Now vacand in cure soverane lordis handis and perteining 
to his hienes donatioun patronage and fre dispositioun Throw or be ye deceis of 
umquhile maister Michaell Balfour last abbot or commendatare of ye said abbay 
w' power to ye said James commendatare foirsaid . durand his liftyme To 
brouke use occupy and posses ye said abbay as undoutit abbot or commen- 
dator yairof The frutis rentis commoditeis and proffeittis quhatsumevir yairof 
To intromet uptak and to.his awin use and commoditie apply The landis lord- 
schippis mylnis multuris woddis fischeingis teindis and utheris fruitis commodi- 
teis and proffeittis of ye said abbay To set in few ferme lang or schort takkis all 
formar infeftmentis pretendit heretabill titillis or assedationis yairof set of 
befoir in prejudice of ye ancient rentall and commoditie of ye said abbay To 
reduce as ye law will permit The auld privilegis alsweill of regalitie as utheris 
belanging to ye said abbay Or quhairof ye samyn hes ony wayis bene in posses- 
sioun to use Siclyke and als frelie and lauchfuUie in all respectis and conditionis 
as ony utheris abbottis or commendataris hes had enjoyit and possedit ye said 
abbay in ony tymes bigane And yat ye said lettre of donatioun and constitutioun 
be extendit in ye best forme w' all clausses neidfuU W command in ye samyn 
to ye chancellare president and lordis of counsale and sessioun To grant and gif 
lettres in ye four formes inhibitionis and all utheris chargeis neidfuU at ye 
instance of ye said James commendatare foirsaid for anseruirg obeying and 
thankful! payment making to him his servitouris and factouris in his name Of 
all and sundrie frutis rentis commoditeis and dewiteis quhatsumevir perteining 
to ye said abbay Siclyke and in ye samyn maner as gif he had bene providit 
yairto of auld in ye court of Rome or be quhatsumevir uther ordour accustumat 
of befoir w' buUis and provisioun in maist ampill forme W command alsua to 

or ony uther famous and legall man to pas to ye said abbay of Melros 

and yair to gif institutioun to ye said James of ye samyn And to entir him or his 
lauchfull attornay or procurator in his name in reall actuall and corporall 
possessioun yairof and of all landis lordschippis teindis and utheris proffeittis 
rentis and frutis perteining yairto in presence of ane notar and witnesses as 
efferis And yat preceptis be direct ordourlie heirupoun w** extensioun of all 
clausses neidfuU. Subscrivit be my lord regent at Striveling ye first day of Maij 
1569 zeris. — Register of Presentations to Benefices (General Register House, 
Edinburgh), vol. i. fol. 23. 

' Liber de Melros, vol. ii. pp. 657-9. 



X MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

does not appear to have granted any feu contracts, at 
least none are found in the present chartularies, but the 
lands having passed in 1609 into the possession of the 
Earl of Haddington subsequent grants are made by him. 

The period inunediately before the Reformation is 
peculiarly interesting. The documents now printed reveal 
the troubles of the monks when they found their pro- 
perty passing out of their hands, their contests with the 
Commendator and the efforts they made to safeguard 
their interests. 

For example, when the Commendator, James Stewart,^ 
granted a charter to a certain Adam Aird in Ayrshire, 
' the convent culd nocht condissend to subscrive and sele 
the said Adam Aird chertour nor na uther chertour ' imtil 
the Commendator fulfil a promise he had made, ' to have 
"delyverit to the reparatioun of the said abbay V<= merkis 
of the reddiest and first pament of the said compositioim 
silver, and siclyk iij<= merkis of the teyndis of Hassynden, 
and na pairt of the said sowms as yit delyverit.' . . . 
' Efter the said ansuer gewin, . . . my Lord Commen- 
datar forsaid as apperit be his wult and exteriour mowing 
of his body grew crawbit,' and the convent granted the 
consent to the charter only ' throcht feyr and dredour of 
the said conventis lewing to be discharget and tane fra 
thame be the said Commendatar conform to his minatori- 
ous wordis,' as is duly recorded in the instrument after- 
wards taken by the monks, on 21st August 1557, in proteist 
against such injustice.^ 

In the previous year a similar instrument records, in 
the appeal of the convent to the Commendator, ' the 
thingis nocht fulfiUit conforme to your Lordships promiss 
and wryting.' There is urgent need of his promised aid 



' Son of James v. and Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Shaw of Sauchie. — Great 
Seal Reg., 31st August 1531. 
^ Infra, pp. 155-7. 



INTRODUCTION xi 

in repairing the abbey : ' without the kirk be reparit this 
instant sommer God service will ceise in winter.' ^ 

There follows another protest, lodged against ' Mr. 
Walter Balfour, persoun of Lintoun, Michell Cheshelni, 
alleget baillie deput of the regalite of Melrose, with thair 
cumpany and complicis turweand the leid of thair closter 
and causand to cast doune the samyn extending to xj 
stane of leid or thairby, at thair plesour,' under which 
provocation the convent very properly raised a cry of 
' Spulze and reif.' ^ 

Further, we read that when the convent directed a 
precept to remove occupiers from certain houses belonging 
to the Abbey, one of these tenants behaved outrageously 
«,nd being ' denuncit cursit ' ' he remanit in the kirk with 
fortificatioun of . . . Walter Chesholm, alleget baillie 
deput, and thair throcht be lang tym stopit God ser- 
vice . . . and als the said Walter Chesholm said gyf ony 
man or officer execute ony siclyk precept at the said 
prior and brether command he suld stuw his luggis.' 
Such was the contumacy shown by the unfaithful towards 
the monastery in its decline. 

Included amongst these monastic writs are a series of 
Edicts by the Archbishop of Glasgow dealing with various 
matters of church discipline.* So far as they go these 
correspond closely to the statutes of the General Pro- 
vincial Council which sat in Edinburgh between 1st March 
1558-9 and 10th April 1559.^ 

Notwithstanding their protests, the monks were evi- 
dently forced to give their consent to the alienation of 
more and more lands belonging to the Church, as we see 
from the large number of charters and tacks granted by 
the Commendator in favour of various private persons. 



1 Infra, pp. 217-19. " Infra, P- 'S^. 

' Infra, pp. 159-61. ■* Infra, PP- 167-87. 

<* Patrick, Statutes of the Scottish Church, pp. 149 tt seq. 



xii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

The numerous charters granted by the Commen- 
dator Jarnes Douglas and his Iconomus afford miich 
information regarding the ownership and transmission of 
the Church lands. Special interest attaches to the Charter 
of Confirmation of a charter granted by Elizabeth 
Striueling of the lands of Nether and Middle Blainslie, 
because it gives the boundaries of Blainslie in detail."^ 
After a lapse of three centuries and more these boundaries 
can still be traced. The ruins of ' Cheildlyelis Chapel ' and 
the walls which form part of the county boundary have 
hitherto escaped notice. The chapel seems to have been 
built upon a mound measuring fifty-eight feet by forty- 
four feet or thereby, in which the foundation walls of the 
old chapel, some two or three feet high, are now entirely 
hidden by the soil that has accumulated through the 
course of long years. In the centre of the ruins a burial- 
ground had been formed at a later period. Only one 
tombstone is now visible, broken in five pieces. The only 

words legible are ' . also 33 ... . 

Thomas Darling, his grandson, .... departed this life 
the 10 . . 1747, aged . . . ' 

The door of the chapel seems to have faced east north- 
east by north and to have been seven feet wide. It 
opens thirty feet from the north comer of the building 
and about twenty-one feet from the south comer. 

The Milsiebum flows past the base of the moimd, and 
in the high bank on the other side of the burn there are 
three cuttings in the direction of the chapel which may 
possibly be traces of disused paths towards it. The history 
of: the ruins is shrouded in mystery ; but the mention of a 
Lyells Cross in the boundaries given in this charter of 
BlainsHe, coupled with the fact that there is a place called 
Lylestone on the other side of the town of Lauder, sug- 



' Infra, pp. 282-5. Q^- PP-.3°S-6- 



INTRODUCTION xiii 

gests that some iiotable personage of the name of Lyell 
or Ludolf (whether or not a Northumbrian knight, as has 
been surmised) may once have held lands in this neigh- 
bourhood, and left his memorial in this place-name. 

As illustrations of various forms of sixteenth-century 
deeds, a charter of a portion of these lands of Blainslie, 
letters of pension, and two letters of tack (one of them 
in favour of Mr. John Knox, the nephew of the great 
Reformer) are reproduced in full in this volume.^ 

The lands which the monks gradually acquired in the 
neighbourhood of the Abbey formed in time a district of 
pear-shaped outline, practically identical with the present 
parish of Melrose, the broader portion of which hes to 
the north of the town and the Abbey. In addition to 
these lands, the monks obtained grants of other lands 
outside the parish and in various parts of the country as 
may be seen from the Liber de Metros and the Chartularies 
now printed. 

Within the boundaries of the parish the monastery held 
the lands of Darnick, Danzieltoun now Dingleton, Galton- 
side now Gattonside, Drygrange, Old Melrose, Westhouses, 
Eildon, Newstead, the Wairds, Langlee, Appletreeleaves, 
Ladhope, Ladhopemuir, Calfhill, Buckholm, Williamlaw, 
Whitelee, Halkburn, Wooplaw, Allanshaws, Blainslie, 
Milcheside, Threepwood, Newhouses, Colmeslie, Lang- 
shaw, Housebyres, and Sorrowlessfield. 

Outside the parish the monastery held portions of 
Lessuden or St. Boswells, EUiston, Cameston, Maxpoffle, 
and Redpath, as well as lands in Ayrshire and Dumfries- 
shire. 

The lands of Darnick were granted to the monastery Darnick. 
by David i.^ and confirmed by William the Lion.^ Refer" 



> Jnfra^^p. 287-9, 327-8, 316-18, and 332-3. 

'^ Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 3, No. 1 ; p. 5, No. 2. 

' /bid., vol. i. p. 3, No. I ; p. S, No. 2. 



xiv MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

ence is made to them in a convention between the abbots 
of Melrose and Kelso regarding boundaries,^ and after a 
grant by William the Lion to the Abbey of Kelso in 
1208 2 they are again mentioned in his confirmatory grant 
to Godfrey Riddell of the lands of Prenvensete.^ 

Portions of Damick had been granted to sub-feuars, and 
other portions were held by kindly tenants and tacksmen 
imder the monks of Melrose even prior to 1540.* On 
30th January 1564-5 Michael, Commendator of Melrose, 
bestowed them on William Maitland of Lethington," who 
granted several sub-feus. A portion of the lands called 
Braidmedo in the occupation of Catherine Dury were 
feued to her by Maitland on 5th March 1566-7, with an 
obligation on her ' to compear at the courts to be held 
by him on the lands of Damyk.* Andrew Ker of Faldon- 
side obtained a ratification of certain infeftments of 
Damick and Bridgend in 1581,' and in 1584, on the for- 
feiture of William Maitland younger of Lethington, they 
were presented to the Abbey with Andrew Ker of Faldoun- 
syid as ' immediat tennant.' * It is not clear when 
' Secretary ' Maitland obtained the lands, but as early 
as 5th March 1556 he was granting feu charters. The 
superiority was disponed by James Maitland, son and heir 
of William Maitland, to James AinsUe, merchant, burgess 
of Edinburgh,* who, between the years 1616 and 1619, 
granted various charters, confirmations, and precepts of 
Clare Constat to many sub-vassals. The lands thereafter 



' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 134, No. 145. 
' Ibid., vol. i. p. 137, No. 146. 

• Ibid., vol. i. p. 138, Nos. 147 and 148. 

* ' Drygrange Charter,' printed by Dr. Neilson in Scot. Hist. Heview, vol. vii. 
p. 360. 

' Feu Charter of Kirklands, vol. i. fol. 174. 

^ Dr. Maitland Thomson, Transcripts of Vatican Charters, vol. ix. No. 2079. 
' Acts Pari. Scot., vol. iii. p. 271. 8 Ibid., vol. iii. p. 322. 

' His wife was Isobel Howison. 



INTRODUCTION xv 

passed into the hands of the Earl of Haddington and are 
now held by a number of proprietors. 

The southern portion of the town of Melrose adjoining oingieton. 
Darnick, now cut off by the railway, is known by the 
name of Datnzieltoun or Dingleton. These lands were in 
the hands of the monks and their tenants from an early 
period. When the superiority of the Church lands was 
annexed to the Crown the lands of Dingleton formed 
part of the grant to the Earl of Haddington and others 
already referred to. A portion of the lands were owned 
by the M'Dougals of Mackerstoun, who held of the monks 
of Melrose, for James M'Dougall was served heir to his 
father in certain lands in Danzieltoun on 12th April 1608.^ 
In 1756, eighty-seven acres of infield land and sixty-nine 
acres of outfield runrig and common lands were divided, 
under a petition to the sheriff, among the following 
parties : George Scott, Alexander Vair, Thomas Vair, 
Robert Lawrie, Walter Scott, Adam Dodds, George 
Scott, and the Duke of Buccleuch,^ from whom and 
their successors portions of these lands have been 
feued. ' 

Gattonside, formerly Galtounside, is a village lying on 
the north side of the Tweed opposite Melrose. It was 
included in the first grant of David i.^ and was con-^ 
firmed to the monks by Malcolm iv.* and William the 
Lion,^ According to these charters, Galtonside extended 
from the junction of the Leader and Tweed along the 
Fawhopebum (a tributary of the Leader), across the moor 
to the point where the Raeburn falls into the Alwent or 
Allan and from thence down the Alwent to its confluence 
with the Tweed. The lands were held by kindly tenants 



' Roxburgh Retours, No. 50. ' Sheriff Court Records, Jedburgh. 

' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 4, No. I ; p. 5, No. 2. 

* Ibid., p.- 6, No. 3. '" Ibid., p. 12, No. 13. 



xvi MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and cottars under the monks at, and prior to, 1540,^ 
when the portion known as Drygrange was given off. 

On 28th February 1590 James Douglas, Commendator 
of Melrose, with consent of Lady Mary Ker, his spouse, 
for her liferent interest feued the lands of Gattonside to 
certain persons therein mentioned, the boundaries being 
then given.* 

When David, Earl of Huntingdon, succeeded to the 
lands south of the Forth he granted Hugh de Morville the 
territory of Lauderdale, including Drygrange. De Mor- 
ville thereafter gave Drygrange to the monks of Melrose, 
who retained the holding as a forest in the occupation of 
kindly tenants or vassals. The earliest of these of whom 
we have obtained any trace was David Linlithgow. He 
was in occupation under a lease in the early part of the 
sixteenth century, and had cut down the timber and tilled 
the lands, which became very fruitful. His son, William 
Linlithgow, after a petition to the Pope,* narrating the 
services rendered by him and his father to the monastery 
in resisting incursions of thieves and reivers, obtained 
from the Abbot and Chapter a tack of nineteen years, 
dated 4th March 1536-7, which narrated that the lands 
being unproductive through continued use, like Damick, 
Galtounside, Newstead, and others, it had become necessary 
for the monks to spend large sums upon them. Following 
this the Monastery, on 18th January 1539-40, granted a 
feu charter of the lands to the said William Linlithgow in 
liferent and John Linlithgow, his son and heir in fee.* On 
28th July 1544 James, Commendator of Melrose, ratified 
this charter to William Linlithgow and his son.^ When the 
superiority was forfeited to the Crown at the Reformation 

' 'Drygrange Charter,' Scot. Hist. Review, vol. vii. p. 360. 

2 Bouston's Charter, Wade, Melrose, p. 340. 

' Sir William Fraser, Earls of Haddington, vol. ii. p. 257, No. 356. 

* 'Drygrange Charter,' Scat. Hist. Review, vol. vii. pp. 3SS-63. 

' Sir William Fraser, Earls of Haddington, vol. ii. p. 260, No. 360. 



INTRODUCTION xvii 

and passed into the hands of the Earls of Hadding- 
ton, the possession remained with the Lithgows, or 
Linlithgows, until 1602, when William Linlithgow and 
Catherine Home his spouse sold the lands to Stephen 
Bruntfield of Greenlawdene.^ The possession in later 
times is briefly as follows : Bruntfield sold the lands 
in 1603 to Sir John Home of Cowdenknowes, who 
disponed them to the Earl of Haddington. In 1644, 
John, fourth Earl of Haddington, sold them to Thomas 
Linlithgow or Lithgow, portioner of Redpath, who was 
bailie-depute of the Regality. His son, James Lithgow 
of Drygrange, disposed of them to Robert Paterson of 
Old Melrose in 1709. Mr. Paterson sold them to Colin 
Maclaurin, Professor of Mathematics in the University of 
Edinburgh, who in turn disponed them to Thomas 
Tod, W.S., who was bom on 6th December 1726 and died 
26th December 1800. Mr. Tod was succeeded by his son 
Archibald Tod, who died 20th April 1816. His son, also 
an Archibald Tod, who married Elizabeth Pringle, was 
the next owner of the lands. Their son, Thomas Tod 
of Drygrange, married Elizabeth Fetherstonhaugh, only 
daughter of Charles S. Featherstonhaugh of College, 
Kirkoswald, and died 8th February 1867, aged fifty- 
seven. Their only child, Ehza Caroline Tod, married in 
1861 Sir George Hector Leith Buchanan, Bart. She sold 
the lands to Mr. Edward Sprot, on whose death they 
were disponed to the present owner, Mr. Thomas J. S. 
Roberts. 

The earliest reference we have obtained to the lands of Old Melrose. 
Old Melrose, on which the first monastery of Melrose once 
stood, is contained in a sasine by Robert Ormeston of 
Auld Melrose to his son, John Ormeston, dated 20th April 
1564,2 A carved stone now forming the lintel of a small 



1 Nisbet, Plates. '^ Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 24. 

VOL. III. ^ 



xviii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

building at Old Melrose bears the initials R. O., with the 
date 1575. On 27th October 1606, Robert Ormeston was 
served heir before the RegaUty Court to John Ormeston 
his father.^ William Ormiston, his son, was in possession 
on 26th November 1633 ^ and had two sons, WiUiam (his 
second son) and Thomas. 

William Cairncross of Old Melrose is mentioned on 
10th April 1643 as the tacksman of half Langshaw, while 
on 2nd May 1657, and on 2nd January 1658,^ he is sued 
for debt. 

Agnes Mertone is mentioned on 22nd December 1666 * as 
liferentrix of the lands. She was the widow of William Fisher 
of M'Quirrie.5 On 9th March 1667 Grizel Scot, who sues 
a debtor,® is styled ' widow ' of John Fisher of Old Melrose. 
John Fisher of Old Melrose and Michael, his second son, are 
referred to on 27th June 1674.'' On 28th March 1682 the 
Earl of Haddington granted a Charter of Adjudication 
and precept of Sasine in favour of Alexander Paterson of 
the lands which had been possessed by John and Robert 
Fisher, sons of deceased William Fisher, portioner of 
Darnick.^ From the Roxburgh Sasines we find further 
that for certain purposes a John Fisher of Old Melrose 
disponed the property to Trustees, who obtained sasine on 
12th January 1753, and then with their consent he con- 
veyed it to Mr. Robert Fisher, minister of CoUington, 
on 4th April 1753.8 Mr. Fisher, on 6th April 1754, con- 
veyed it to William Laing of Meikledale, Chamberlain 
to the Duke of Buccleuch, who obtained sasine on 26th 
April 1754.1" On 27th April 1775 Gilbert Laing of 



' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 24 ; Roxburgh Retours, No. 40. 
2 Ibid., vol. i. p. 93. 
^ Ibid., vol. i. pp. 104, 142 and 143. 

^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 167. ^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 172. 

° Ibid., vol. ii. p. 171. ' Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iii. p. 45. 

' Ibid., vol. iv. pp. 272-3. ' Ibid., vol. v. pp. 181-9. 

i" Ibid., vol. V. pp. 203-8. 



INTRODUCTION xix 

Meikledale obtained sasine on a precept of Clare Constat 
as heir of his brother, WilHam Laing of Meikledale.^ 

Mr. George Kjiight Erskine Fairholme acquired the 
lands during last century, and afterwards sold them to 
Admiral Sir Henry Fairfax, K.C.B. They now form part 
of the property of Ravenswood belonging to Mr. William 
Younger. 

Proceeding west from Melrose, on the north bank of Westhouses. 
the Tweed we have the lands of Westhouses now known 
as the Pavilion. These lands formed part of the western 
portion of Gattonside and were acquired by the Ormistons 
of Old Melrose, who held them before 1581, — the date 
inscribed on the principal gate of the old Tower which 
has now disappeared.^ Thomas Ormiston, son to William 
Ormiston of Westhouses, is a witness to a sasine dated 
26th May and recorded 23rd July 1635. ^ Under a 
Submission, dated 22nd October 1642, William Ormiston, 
elder, of Westhouses, and Jean Pringle, his spouse, for 
certain considerations conveyed the lands to Robert 
Pringle of Blindlee. 

George Pringle of Blindlee had sasine of Westhouses 
and others on 6th January 1677 on a feu charter by the 
Earl of Haddington.* In 1734 the Earl of Haddington 
sold the lands to Thomas Douglas, brother of Archibald 
Douglas of Cavers.^ 

In 1759 Hugh Scott of Gala bought them from Mr. 
Douglas's trustees. Mr. Scott of Gala sold them to 
Benjamin Bell, Surgeon, Edinburgh, from whom Lord 
Somerville purchased them about 1805 together with those 
of Easter Langlee and Gateside. George in. named the 
lands ' The Pavilion ' for the fourteenth Lord Somerville, 
under which name they are now known.^ 

' Roxburgh Sasines, vol. xxii. pp. 72-5. 

''■ Jeffrey, Roxburghshire, vol. iv. p. 81. 

•* Laing Charters, No. 2168. ■* Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iii. p. 295. 

' Jeffrey, Roxburghshire, vol. iv. p. 82. ^ Ibid. 



XX MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Eiidon with The lands of Eildon which are situated south-east of 

of Eildon. Newstead on the southern slope of the Eildon hills, were 
granted to the monastery by David i.^ When permission 
was given by the Papacy to feu the Church lands, Michael, 
Commendator of Melrose, on 6th March 1564,^ granted 
a Charter of Eildon to John Stewart. Thereafter John 
Stewart, who succeeded him as Commendator of Melrose 
on 1st August 1573, made a grant of Eildon in favour of 
Christine Wardlaw, his wife, in hferent.^ On 29th August 
1598, Michael Stewart was served heir to his father, John 
Stewart of Eildon.* After the annexation of the Church 
lands to the Crown, and the erection of Melrose into a 
temporal lordship, we find them owned by the lord of 
erection, the fearl of Haddington, in 1629-33, at which 
date they consisted of 20 husband lands or about 520 acres 
in the occupation of fourteen or more tenants or feuars.® 
They are now the property of the Duke of Buccleuch and 
others. 

Newtown of Eildon consisted in 1629-33 of about six 
husband lands occupied by some eighteen kindly tenants 
and feuars.® Under an action of Division of the runrig 
lands and common instituted in the Sheriff Court of 
Roxburgh, the lands of Eildon were divided under a 
Decree dated 13th December 1748, and those of Newtown 
of Eildon under a Decree dated 17th April 1749.'' 
Newstead. East of the town of Melrose we have the ancient holding 

of Newstead, now so well known through the recent 
excavations of the Roman remains in its neighbourhood. 
The name is probably derived from its being a stead of 
Melrose Abbey. To the east of the village hes the site 



^ Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 3, ch. i. ; vol. ii. Ap. p. 665. 

' Feu Charters of Kirklands, vol. i. fol. 133. 

5 Liber de Metros, vol. ii. p. 650, No. 607. 

* Roxburgh Retours, No. 7. 

5 Earl of Haddington's MS. Rental and Valuation, in Teind Office. 

" Hid- ' Sheriff Court Records, Jedburgh. 



INTRODUCTION xxi 

of the Roman fort known as ' Trimontium,' the place of 
the Three Hills (Eildons),i past which the old Roman road 
called Dere Street or Watling Street is believed to have run. 
Newstead has probably been an inhabited site from the 
time of the Romans, and during the monastic period it 
was occupied by the tenants or vassals of the monks, who 
tilled the lands around. The earliest reference to these 
kindly tenants is in the Drygrange Charter, which shows 
that they were in possession at least prior to 1540.^ The 
lands are now the property of Mr. Thomas J. S. Roberts 
of Drygrange, and others. 

South-east of Newstead lies Lessuden or St. Boswells, Lessuden. 
of which only a portion came into the possession of the 
monks of Melrose. In the reign of Robert i., John of 
Hormiston granted half a carucate of land in Lessuden to 
the monastery ; ^ again on 1st May 1316 Robert i. gave 
Melrose a grant of his whole lands and tenements of 
Lessuden.* Following this, on 21st November 1317, he 
held an inquest as to whether Maxpoffil, Hevisyd, Cam- 
mayston and Ileffiston pertained to Lessuden.^ This is 
followed by a charter detailing the services required from 
all the above lands and confirming previous grants.® 

About 1353 ' Randulph de Nevill, Lord of Raby, con- 
firmed to the monks the land of Wodfordehous which had 
been previously granted to them by Robert de Wodforde. 
He thereafter gave them his whole lands in Lessydewyne, 
given him by Edward Baliol, to be enjoyed by them after 
his decease.^ On 20th October 1357 he entered into an 
indenture with the monks also granting them his manor 



^ James Curie, Roman Frontier Post, p. 21. 

^ ' Drygrange Charter,' Scot. Hist. Review, vol. vii. p. 360. 

■* Liber de Melros, vol. ii. p. 379, No. 415. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. pp. 380-2, Nos. 416-18. ^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 382, No. 419. 
« Ibid., vol. ii. p. 383, No. 420. ' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 437, No. 469. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. pp. 437-8, Nos. 470 and 471. 



xxii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

after his decease/ and his son and heir, John da Nevill, 
granted a confirmation of this donation.^ It is interesting 
to note that on 1st February 1409 Malcolm de Galbraith, 
Lord de Greenock, granted to the monks of Melrose his 
tenement of ' Persounlande ' in the Barony of Lessuden 
in excambion for the land and tenement which they held 
in Kinross.^ On 18th July 1415 John de HUtoun, son 
and heir of the late William de Hiltoun, sold to the monks 
the house of William de Hiltoun in Lessuden,* and this 
sale was confirmed by Thomas de Chatto, son and heir 
of Mariota de Chatto, daughter of the late WilUam de 
Hyltoun.' 

In the reign of James ii. a dispute arose between the 
abbots of Melrose and Dryburgh as to certain tithes of 
Lessuden, the former protesting against the sequestra- 
tion of the tithes.^ On 29th August 1539 the king con- 
firmed a charter of the abbot and monks to Arthur 
Sinclair of the lands, excepting Newtown, Eliston, Max- 
poffle, Cammeston, and Plewlands.' In July 1549 the lands 
were still in possession of Arthur Sinclair, but at that 
time his brother Henry Sinclair, parson of Glasgow, 
obtained sasine of them from the Commendator of Melrose, 
who was then going to France.* 

About 1620 the lands were possessed by Walter, Chris- 
tian, and David Gibsone and others. 

On 2nd July 1402 Cambeston was granted to the monks 
of Melrose by James Eraser, Lord of Ferendrach (Fren- 
draucht), burdened with a payment of £3 per annum to 
himself and the usual service to the crown. ^ This grant 



^ Liber de Metros, vol. ii. p. 439, No. 472. 

2 Ibid., vol. ii. p. 439, No. 473. ' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 534, No. 536. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. p. 535, No. 537. = Ibid., vol. ii. p. 537, No. 538. 

^ Ibid., vol. ii. pp. 573-7, Nos. 565-7. 

' Great Seal Reg., vol. 1513-46, No. 2195. 

' Acts and Decreets, vol. iv. p. 182 (9th August 1550). 

' Liber de Metros, vol. ii. p. 487, No. 504. 



INTRODUCTION xxiii 

was confirmed by James i. on 10th May 1425.1 It is 
followed by procuratories of resignation by Janet Dunbar, 
Lady Frendraucht, on 8th May 1496,^ and James Gifford 
of Schirefhall on 4th September 1496,' of their annual 
payment of £3. 

Sir James Crichton of Frendraucht, grandson of Janet, 
Countess of Moray and Lady Frendraucht, ratified her 
surrender of her annual rent and further gave the monks 
100 merks or ' fyve Seks woll cleyne ' on 12th June 1498.* 
On 19th April 1499 the Monastery gave an obhgation not 
to trouble James Gifford of Schirefhall regarding the 
matter.^ The lands are not mentioned again until about 
the time of the Reformation when they were included 
in a grant to Alexander Balfour of Denmylne, dated 
7th January 1560.^ James Stoddert was proprietor at, 
and prior to, 9th July 1664,^ and later, Thomas Riddell, 
second son of Sir Walter Riddell, who was succeeded by 
his son, William Riddell, who obtained sasine on 22nd July 
1780.8 WiUiam Riddell's son, Thomas Riddell, having 
predeceased his father, the lands passed to his grandson, 
Major-General William Riddell, who was succeeded by his 
son, the present owner. Colonel William Carre Riddell. 

The earliest holder of the lands of Elliston of which we EiUston. 
have knowledge was John, the son of Yliff, who gave a 
portion of them to Adana Baggate in the reign of Alex- 
ander II.* Grants of other portions to the monks of 
Melrose were confirmed by his daughters Avicia i° and 
Agnes,^^ wife of Laurence Ylifiston, the charter of the 



' Liber de Melrose, vol. ii. p. 538, No. 539. 

2 Ibid., vol. ii. p. 618, No. 589. ^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 620, No. 590. 

^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 621, No. 591. ^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 622, No. 592. 

^ Great Seal Reg., so\. 1546-80, No. 1819. 

' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 262. 

' Roxburgh Sasines, vol. xxiv. fol. 327. 

' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 231, No. 260. 

i» Ibid.,\o\. i. p. 232, No. 261. " Ibid., vol. i. p. 237, No. 262. 



xxiv MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

latter being dated 11th April 1249. To this was added a 
further grant of ten acres, or the equivalent value of ten 
acres in money or land,^ by Thomas, the son of Gilbert, 
the son of Laysinge, who had purchased the lands from 
John, Lord of Hylifstun. 

In the confirmation of the charter of the abbot and 
monks of Melrose of the lands of Lessuden, granted to 
Arthur Sinclair on 29th August 1529, Newtown, EUiston, 
Maxpoflfle, Cameston, and Plewlands are specially ex- 
cepted, showing that these were held by others at that 
moment.^ On 3rd April 1568 Michael, Commendator of 
Melrose, granted a charter of the lands of EUiston to 
Thomas Scott of Hanyng.* On the forfeiture of James, 
Earl of Bothwell, this charter was confirmed on 23rd March 
1575-6 by James vi., with consent of James, Earl of Moray,* 
Thomas Scott being then deceased. John Scott, minister 
at Selkirk, thereafter made claim to the half of the lands 
in consequence of the possession of his ancestors as kindly 
tenants prior to Thomas Scott's investiture, but the Privy 
Council, on 28th June 1576, confirmed the infeftment of 
Robert, son of Thomas Scott." On 23rd December 1612 
Robert Scott of Hanyng was served heir to his father Robert 
Scott of Hanyng in these lands. ^ They were afterwards 
acquired by a family of the name of TuUoh, and Robert 
Tulloh was in possession in 1840. In 1863 the Hon. George 
Grey Dalrymple, second son of the Earl of Stair, pur- 
chased the mansion house and surrounding parks, which, 
on the death of his son, George North Dalrymple, without 
issue passed to his daughter. Miss Mary A. W. E. Dalrymple, 
the present owner. The farms were purchased by Lord 
Polwarth. 



' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 238, No. 263. 

" Great Seal Keg., vol. 1513-46, No. 2195. 

' Feu Charter of Kirklands, vol. ii. fol. 9. 

* Great Seal Reg., vol. 1546-80, No. 2537. 

» Privy Council Register, vol. ii. p. 538. ■« Roxburgh Retours, 339. 



INTRODUCTION xxv 

On the southern boundary of the RegaUty hes Max- Maxpoffle. 
poffle. In 1296 Adam of Maxpoffil, son of Adam of 
Maxpoffil, swore fealty to Edward i. of England and, 
presumably as a reward for his oath of allegiance, re- 
covered his lands the same year.^ The lands being after- 
wards forfeited to Robert i. seem next to have been 
granted to Lawrence of Abernethy, the son of William 
Abemethy, by whom they were eventually bestowed upon 
the monks of Melrose.^ About the time of the Reforma- 
tion, the Cairncrosses of Comeslie were in occupation of 
the lands of Maxpoffle, and in the rent roll of the Abbey 
in 1636 they appear as still owning them. 

On the south side of the Tweed and west of Damick Bridgend. 
is the site of the ancient village of Bridgend, to which 
reference is frequently made in the proceedings of the 
Regality Court. It has been said to take its name from 
a bridge which David i. erected at Cobbleshaugh over 
the Tweed to afford a passage for the pilgrims.^ Some 
remains of a bridge, probably constructed at a much later 
date, were still standing in 1746. An illustration of the 
ruins is given by Gordon in the Itinerarium Septentrionale, 
Plate 64 ; but it must be admitted that his drawing is 
more suggestive of an Italian landscape than of any scene 
upon the Tweed. 

The lands of Bridgend, which were in the occupation 
of the tenants of the monastery, were finally divided under 
decree of the sheriff of Roxburgh in 1753.* Latterly 
part became known as Lowood, and was owned by Robert 
Charles Kidd, and later by his son Henry Kidd. Lowood 
is now the property of Mr. Henry Nicholas Middleton, 



^ Ragman Roll. Cal. Doc. Scot., vol. ii. p. 199, and Liber de Melros, vol. ii. 
p. 381, Nos. 418, 419, 420. 

^ Liber de Melros, p. 384, No. 421. 

2 New Statistical Account of Scotlattd, vol. iii. p. 68, and Jeffrey, Roxburgh- 
shire, vol. i. p. 30. 

* Sheriff Court Records, Jedburgh. 



xxvi MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

A portion of Bridgend, extending to about one hundred 
acres, was acquired by Sir Walter Scott. He first 
purchased, in 1811, certain lands called Newharthaugh 
or Cartlyhole, which had been allotted to Wilham 
Dickson, portioner of Darnick, or his authors, on the 
division of the runrig lands in 1753. Mr. Dickson's 
only surviving daughter, Euphan Dickson, who had 
sasine of the lands on 7th February 1793,^ married 
Walter TurnbuU, parochial schoolmaster in Melrose. 
TurnbuU and his spouse sold the property to the Rev. 
Dr. Robert Douglas, minister of Galashiels. Dr. Douglas 
disposed of them to Sir Walter Scott, who built his 
mansion-house upon them. They formed the nucleus of 
the property which he gradually acquired and to which 
he gave the name of ' Abbotsford.' 

Sir Walter Scott's two sons having died without issue, 
he was succeeded by his only daughter, Charlotte Sophia, 
the wife of John Gibson Lockhart, Advocate. Mrs. 
Lockhart's only daughter, Charlotte Harriet Jane, married 
James Robert Hope Scott, Q.C., whose only surviving 
child of the marriage, Miss Mary Monica Hope Scott, 
married, on 21st July 1874, the Hon. Joseph Constable 
Maxwell Scott, third son of William, Lord Herries, and is 
the present owner. 

Among the lands adjoining the town of Melrose are the 
' Wairds,' which are frequently referred to in the pro- 
ceedings before the Regality Court. They are situated 
on the south side of the main road leading from Melrose 
to the village of Eildon, and originally extended to about 
sixty-seven acres, out-field and in-field, including the 
Gallowsbrae. The new cemetery now covers part of the 
ground. 

At an early period they were held in succession by a 



' Roxburgh Sasines, vol. xxxiv. fol. 162. 



INTRODUCTION xxvii 

number of kindly tenants or occupiers of Melrose who 
farmed them under the runrig system of cultivation. 
They were feued from the monks by John Young, W.S., 
who, on 25th December 1575, granted a charter sub- 
feuing one-fourth of the lands in favour of Walter Scott 
of Goldielands, John Fisher in Dernick, Thomas Mar in 
Newsteid, John Wallace in Melrose, Elizabeth Hoy there, 
John Clennan there, Walter Ellis in Danzeltone, and 
David Home (or Andrew alias David Howie) in Kelso.^ 

During the seventeenth century we find these allot- 
ments were in possession of families, among others, of the 
names of Wallace, EUies, Lithgow, and Penman. The 
pasture and other lands were finally allotted under a decree 
in an action of division on 19th February 1751.^ 

West of the Alwyn Water, Gattonside and Westhouses Easter and 

Wester 

lie Easter and Wester Langlee. The monks were in Langiee. 
possession of these lands as early as 4th September 1317, 
for Robert i. on that date granted a letter of Attorney 
executed at Langley addressed to Thomas, Earl of Moray, 
to give sasine of the lands of Redpath to the monks.* 

The lands were evidently retained by the monks in 
their own hands, for on 31st August 1542 James v. 
charged the Bailie of the Abbey to remove the goods of 
the Abbey from the steading in order that James Hop- 
pringle, son of George Hoppringle of Tandlaw, should 
put his goods therein and to ' brouk the said steid for his 
guid, trew and thankfuU service done be him to ws in the 
taking and bringing of James Douglas sumtyme of park- 
heid o"" rebell and at o'^ home to ws at the last raid maid 
be the inglismen upoun o"^ liegis, Keipand this o^ writ- 
ting for zo'^ warrand.' * On 28th February 1624 James 



' Dr. Maitland Thomson, Transcripts of Vatican Charters, vol. x. No. 2378. 

2 Sheriff Court Records, Jedburgh. 

' Liber de Melros, vol. ii. p. 387, No. 424. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. p. 641, No. 602. 



xxviii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Cairncroce of Colmeslie as superior granted a precept of 
Clare Constat in favour of John Mitchell, son of the late 
Mr. John Mitchell, minister of St. Andrew's in London, 
of the lands of Eistsyid of Langley and Westersyid of 
Housebyre as lawful and nearest heir of the deceased.^ 

George Pringle of Torwoodlee (' The Covenanter ') and 
his son, James Pringle, had possession of the lands in 
1629-33 2 in security of debt.* 

After passing out of the hands of the Pringles, these 
lands were held by a series of owners. Easter Langlee 
was owned by a family of the name of Bell. On 10th 
November 1640 Thomas Bell of Easter Langlee and his 
sons, George, Hew, and William, are mentioned.* There- 
after the property passed into the hands of the Fishers 
and others, and now forms part of the Pavilion estate 
owned by the Hon. Louisa Harriet Henry, widow of 
General Charles Stewart Henry. 

Wester Langlee or Gala Bridge was owned by Alexander 
Gray, who is mentioned 24th July 1638 and on 25th March 
1641.^ After numerous transmissions it has become the 
property of Major Arthur D. Forbes Gordon. 

The lands of Appletreeleaves lie north-east of the town 
of Galashiels, which is now partly built upon them. They 
were long in the occupation of a family of the name of 
Darling, which appears to have held them under the monks 
of Melrose for many generations as kindly tenants and 
latterly as tacksmen and feuars. It is not unlikely that 
a certain grant by Robert i. to William Maxwell and his 
spouse of half of the lands of Apiltrie resigned by Thomas 
Carnoco ® refers to these lands, but there is no positive 
proof of this surmise. The earliest tenant or feuar of 



' Edger&toun Charters, No. 60. 

■' Haddington Valuation, in Teind Office. ^ General Sasines, vol. xi. p. 23. 

* Melrose Regality. Records, vol. -i, p. 96. ^ Ibid., vol. i. p. loi and p. 124. 

^ Robertson, Index, p. 11, No. 53. 



INTRODUCTION xxix 

whom we find mention under the Monastery is John 
Dariing, who died in 1552, leaving three sons, John, 
Robert, and Phihp.i Robert Darling is mentioned in 
1577.^ His son, Andrew, with his future spouse, Catherine 
Cairncross, obtained sasine of Ladhopemuir on 10th July 
1583,^ and twenty years later we have the testament of 
Peter Darling, Appletreeleaves, who left four children, 
Philip, Robert, William, and Kathrine.* In 1598 his 
eldest son, Philip Darling, complained to the Privy Council 
of a murderous attack made upon his life.^ 

The lands of Appletreeleaves when first feued were Ladhope. 
divided into three portions, ' Easter,' ' Mid,' and ' Wester,' 
by which aliases the owners were known, but latterly 
these divisions were fractioned up among various branches 
of the family. The southern portion, or half of a third 
of Appletreeleaves, latterly became known as Ladhope. 

We find the lands of Ladhopemuir divided into two Ladhopemuir. 
portions after the superiority of the Church lands was 
annexed to the Crown, for on 20th March 1567 Michael, 
Commendator of Melrose, granted one half to Charles 
Carnecross in Cummeslie and Marion Hoppringle, his 
spouse, in liferent and Johne Cairncross, their son, in fee, 
and the other half he gave to William Carthar in Cumeslie 
and Margaret Moffat, his spouse.^ 

The former portion became known as Calfhill or Hilslop, Caifhiu. 
and was held by the Cairncrosses for many generations. 
The last of the family to own this Eastside of Ladhope- 
muir, as the property was also often styled, were the 
Misses Elizabeth and Janet Cairncross, sisters of the 



' Edinburgh Testament Register, iSth January 1574. 
^ Steven Hunter's Testament, Edinburgh Testament Register. 
^ Regality Court Records, vol. iii. p. 351. 
* Edinburgh Testament Register. 
^ Privy Council Records, vol. v. p. 454. 

^ Charters of Kirklands, General Register House, 1564-86, vol. ii. fols. igoand 
191. 



XXX MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

deceased Hugh Cairncross of Hilslop, who, as we find in 
the Roxburgh Sasines, on 21st August 1754, obtained 
sasine on precept of Clare Constat by the Duke of 
Buccleuch of AUanshaws, Calfhill, East side of Ladhope- 
muir, Notman's Park, and Maxpoffle. These ladies in 1759 
left moveable estate to the amount of £12,262, 2s. Scots. 
The former bequeathed her property to John Rutherford of 
Edgerstoun and the latter to Alexander Pringle of Whyt- 
bank and his children. The bequest was disputed by 
Thomas Mill, schoolmaster, Halalies, as their nearest in 
kin, who raised an action, and was successful in reducing 
the former settlement while he compromised his claim in 
the latter case.^ The lands were owned for some time 
by Mr. Borthwick of Crookston, thereafter by James 
Dalrymple of Langlee, and are now in the possession of 
Major Arthur D. Forbes Gordon, his grandson. 

Adjoining Appletreeleaves is Buckholm. This ancient 
holding lies immediately north of the town of Galashiels, 
which is now partly built upon these lands. In the reign 
of William the Lion, Richard de Morville granted Buck- 
holm to the monks of Melrose with permission to erect a 
byre there to hold sixty cows, and this grant was con- 
firmed by William the Lion.* 

The lands had passed into the hands of the family of 
Pringles prior to the middle of the sixteenth century, for 
in 1548 James Hoppringill of Tynnes was in possession.' 
In June of that year Robert Hoppringill of Blyndley and 
others were charged with treasonably assisting the English 
and keeping the house of Bukholm ; * in 1591, however, 
we find the Pringle of Bukcum of that day giving his oath 
to serve his king faithfully.^ Early in the last century 



' Russell, The Haigs of Bemerside, p. 361. 

2 Liber de Melros, vol. i. p. 84, No. 96 ; p. 96, No. 107 ; and p. 100, No. m. 

5 Jeffrey, Roxburghshire, vol. iv. p. 103. 

* Pitcairn, Criminal Trials, vol. i. p. 338. 

' Privy Council Records, vol. iv. pp. 648, 691, 708, 810. 



INTRODUCTION xxxi 

Buckholm was purchased by Mr. James Pringle of Tor- 
woodlee and now forms part of that property. 

The lands of Williamlaw were long owned by a family wiiiiamiaw. 
of Himter, who held various other lands in the neigh- 
bourhood and offices connected with the Abbey, where 
they had a family burying-place. Their arms appear 
below one of the south windows of the abbey with the 
initials ' A.H.,' which stand for Andrew Hunter, who was 
Abbot from 1449 to 1459,^ and Lord High Treasurer.^ 
The first member of this family we have traced as owner 
of Williamlaw was Stephen Hunter, who obtained a 
Charter from the monks on 6th April 1547,^ and who 
died in October 1572 and was succeeded by his son or 
grandson, Robert Hunter.* Robert Hunter died in 
September 1581, and was in turn succeeded by his son 
WiUiam. On 7th October 1588 William Hunter and his 
future spouse, Barbara Cairncross, obtained a tack of 
nineteen years of the lands of Williamlaw, while the 
lands were feued to these parties by the Earl of Morton 
on 30th May 1589.^ Thereafter about 1620 the Earl 
of Haddington confirmed a charter by William Hunter 
of Williamlaw, Mr. William Hunter, his son, with consent 
of Elizabeth Douglas, his mother, and Barbara Cairn- 
cross, spouse of the said William Hunter, and Janet Mow, 
spouse of the said Mr. William Hunter, to James Pringle, 
fiar of Buckholme, of the lands of Williamlaw.® James 
Pringle was succeeded by John, his eldest son, who 
married a Catherine Ramsay. He died 24th April 1675, 
aged seventy-two, his spouse on 26th April 1680, aged 
seventy-six, and both are buried in Melrose Abbey. 



' Doc. Scot., vol. iv. Nos. 1216 and 1301. 

'^ Crawford, Offices of State, p. 360. 

^ Regality Court Records, vol. iii. p. 340. 

* Edinburgh Testament Register. 

5 Infra, p. 343. ^ Infra, p. 413. 



xxxii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Margaret Hunter, daughter of deceased William Hunter 
of Braidwoodshiels, was served heir to her grandfather, 
Mr. William Hunter of Williamlaw, on 8th June 1672, 
though the lands had been sold by him as mentioned.^ 
George Pringle of Buckholm had sasine of Williamlaw on 
9th August 1680,^ and James Pringle was infeft prior to 
10th January 1691, when he granted bonds over Buck- 
holm and Williamlaw in favour of Thomas Pringle and 
Robert Faa, Bailie of Melrose.* Afterwards Rutherford 
of Farnilee owned the lands, and now they are the pro- 
perty of Mr. J. L. Pringle of Torwoodlee. 

The lands of Whitelee, situated on the left bank of the 
Gala, about two miles north-west of Galashiels, were 
granted to the monks by William the Lion at Michael- 
mas 1189.* Next, Richard de Morville granted to the 
monks of Melrose a site in Whitelee for a byre to hold 
one hundred cows or a shed to hold six score of sheep. ^ 
This grant was afterwards confirmed by the King, who 
fixed the boundaries of the pasturage of the monks of 
Melrose and the men of Wedale, namely, from the road 
which stretched by the west side of the Church of Wedale 
and so on to the stream called Fasseburne.* Early in 
the seventeenth century John Spottiswoode OAvned the 
lands of Quhitlie and Quhitlie Dykes.' William Spottis- 
wood, his son, with consent of his spouse, Elizabeth 
Michelson, after bm-dening the lands to John Pringle of 
that Ilk assigned the reversion to Thomas Hunter of 
Hackburn on 18th February 1624,^ and having failed to 
redeem the lands John Pringle, on 16th June 1624, dis- 
posed of them to Hunter.^ In 1691 part of the lands 



' Melrose Regality Records, vol. ii. p. 301. 

' Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iv. p. 140. 

^ Ibid., vol. v. pp. 33~6. * Liber de Melros, vol. i. p. 84, No. 96. 

^ Ibid., vol. i. p. 95, No. 106. 

* Ibid., vol. i. p. 103, No. 112. ' Infra, p. 38. 

* General Sasines, vol. xiv. p. 305. ' Ibid., vol. xv. p. 161. 



INTRODUCTION xxxiii 

were held by Patrick Porteous ^ and afterwards by persons 
of the names of Wallace, M'Dougal, and Ormiston. 

Eventually Mr. Andrew Fisher, wright in Edinburgh, 
purchased the estate. He was succeeded by his brother, 
John Fisher of Housebyres, whose two daughters, Eliza- 
beth, wife of Robert Oliver, merchant, Jedburgh, and 
Christian, wife of Thomas Waugh, writer, Jedburgh, 
obtained sasine of these lands as well as Whitlie Dykes, 
Hackburn, Butterhope, and Loaning Knowe on 16th 
August 1757, as recorded in the Roxburgh Sasines, while 
Thomas Waugh obtained sasine of the same on 24th July 
1780 on a Disposition by Cornelius Elliot, writer in 
Edinburgh. 2 Latterly they were owned by the late James 
Paterson, W.S., whose trustees sold them to Mr. George 
Roberts. 

To the north-west of Williamlaw are the lands of Haikburn. 
Halkburn. This was an old holding of the family of 
Hunter. As early as 16th February 1546-7 we have 
evidence of a Hunter in Halkburn * and again in 1558.* 
From the Edinburgh Register of Testaments we find 
several generations of the family in possession after that 
date. In 1631 a division of the lands took place and 
Thomas Hunter disponed one half of the lands of Halk- 
burn together with three husband lands in Blainslie and 
others in favour of William Wallace, Advocate depute- 
Sheriff of Edinburgh.^ Mr. WiUiam Wallace of AUarshe 
was heritor of the lands on 29th December 1664,® and 
we have a reference to the same Mr. William Wallace of 
Hagburne in 1666.' On 3rd August 1677 « Utred 



> Roxburgh Retours, No. 301. 
"^ Roxburgh Sasines, vol. xxiv. fol. 336. 
' Great Seal Reg., vol. iv. No. 2319. 

" Sir WiUiam Fraser, Earls of Haddington, vol. ii. p. 264, No. 368. 
5 Great Seal Reg., 1634-51, p. 7". No. 1911. 

^ Melrose Regality Records, vol. ii. p. II9. ' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 167. 

8 Privy Seal Minute Book, printed in Genl. Mag., vol. iv. p. 454. 
VOL. III. C 



xxxiv MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

M'Dowell, merchant burgess of Edinburgh, infefts his 
wife, Janet Wallace, who was possibly a daughter of the 
above WiUiam Wallace, in the lands of Halkbum, Whitlie, 
Whitliedykes, Butterhole, Coningknowe, three husband 
lands in Blainslie and three-quarters of Caidsley. 

On 16th August 1757 EUzabeth Fisher, wife of Robert 
Oliver, merchant, Jedburgh, and Christian Fisher, 
daughters of John Fisher of Westerhousebyres, had sasine 
of the lands of Halkburn as heirs portioners of Andrew 
Fisher, wright, burgess of Edinburgh. 

At a later date the lands were owned by Robert Ren- 
wick, whose estates were sequestrated, and they were then 
sold by his trustee to Mr. James Brown, junior, manu- 
facturer, Galashiels. 
Woopiaw. The lands of Wooplaw were originally held by tenants 

of the monastery under tacks. ^ William Cairncross of 
Comeslie gave James Cairncross, his eldest son and heir- 
apparent, these lands on 11th May 1611, on the marriage of 
the latter with Janet Ker, daughter of Andrew Ker, and 
granddaughter of Sir Andrew Ker of Heiton. Sasine was 
obtained on 10th October 1611. His son, James Cairn- 
cross, had a charter from Thomas, Earl of Haddington, 
of these and other lands on 1st June 1621.^ On 4th July 
1622 a confirmation was granted by the Earl of Melrose 
of a sale by James Cairncross with consent of his spouse, 
Janet Ker, of the lands of AUanschaw and Wouplaw for 
18,000 merks to George Pringle of Torwodlie.^ We find 
in the General Sasines that James. Cairncross burdened 
them to John Fisher in Drygrange on 24th October 1632 * 
and on 10th January 1633. On 2nd December 1643 James 
Cairncross, with consent of his wife, Janet Ker, in con- 
sideration of 2000 merks conveyed Wooplaw to William 



^ Such as Edgerstoun Charters, Nos. 39, 44. 

^ Wouplaw Inventory of Writs, No. i. 

' Edgerstoun Charters, No. 57. * General Sasines, vol. xxxvii. fol. 40. 



INTRODUCTION xxxv 

Cairncross of Old Melrose.^ On 27th September 1652 he 
disponed the lands with consent of his son Andrew to 
John Pringle of Cortilferrie.^ These writs were only in 
security of advances, for we find that Andrew Cairncross 
of Wolplaw and Wester Longley was in possession on 
9th April 1659, and also on 22nd December 1666.^ 

On 28th October 1668 John Scott of Langshaw obtained 
sasine of the lands on a bond by Andrew Cairncross of 
Westerlanglee, and again on 30th April 1672.* Andrew 
Cairncross disponed them to Heugh Scot of Galasheills, 
who obtained sasine in his favour on 23rd March 1680.^ 

They were sold on 22nd July 1681 by Hugh Scot of 
Gala ® to John Murray, Boon Milne, whose father, William 
Murray, Boon Milne, is said to have been a landed pro- 
prietor in Perthshire who had joined the Earl of Glen- 
cairn in supporting Charles ii., and on the defeat of that 
nobleman by Cromwell's army fled to Berwickshire. On 
20th April 1706 John Murray, elder, had sasine on a 
charter by the Earl of Haddington in his favour in life- 
rent and his son, John Murray, in fee.' James Murray 
of Wooplaw obtained sasine of the lands on 13th Decem- 
ber 1773 as heir to John Murray, his father.^ The 
property continued in the family of the Murrays of 
Wooplaw until it was sold by the trustees of John Murray 
of Wooplaw, W.S., in 1910, to Mr. Adam Tait, Manager 
of the Royal Bank of Scotland. 

The lands of Allanshaws were granted to the monks by Aiknshaws. 
Alan, the Constable of Scotland, together with Threepwood, 
and the boundaries were at that time given as follows : 
' From fairford ascending to Staincros thence ascending to 



' Edgerstoun Charters, No. 69. ^ Ibid., No. 74. 

' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 228, and vol. ii. p. 167. 

* Roxburgh Sasines, vol. ii. pp. 13S and 359. 

■= Ibid., vol. iv. p. 108. ^ Ibid., vol. iv. p. 226. 

' Wouplaw Inventory of Writs, No. 19. * Ibid. 



xxxvi MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

the boundaries of Wedale ^ and so by the road which is 
the division between Wedale and Lauderdale to Alewentis- 
heude ^ and thence by the boundaries between Wedale 
and Lauder to the road which is the division between 
Burnerig * and Leudeparc * descending by the same road 
to the stone Cross and so straight over to the Cross which 
is placed at the head of " Fulwithenis," and so by the 
road to the south by Harlaw till it comes opposite Mor- 
clow ^ and so descending by the stream to Standenburne 
and so ascending along Standenburne to the boundaries 
of Threepwood.' ^ 

They were ' debateable ' lands on 18th June 1500 when 
Robert Lauder of that Ilk resigned them to the monastery.^ 

These lands remained in the hands of the monks until 
the Reformation, when a third of the benefices and the 
superiority were annexed to the Crown with the other 
Church lands. Afterwards they formed part of the new 
grant to the Earl of Haddington. Charles Cairncroce in 
Alaneschawis had a tack by James, Commendator per- 
petual of Melrose, with consent of the convent thereof for 
his life and that of two successive heirs and to the next 
heir for thrice nineteen years (with entry at date) of the 
teind sheaves and small teinds, parsonage, and vicarage, 
of the lands of Alaneschawis ; dated 6th September 1586, 
signed by the Subprior and James Watson ' only convent.' ^ 

The lands were on 8th June 1590 feued by the Com- 
mendator with consent of his spouse. Dame Marion or 
Mary Ker, and Janet Scott his mother, to the said Charles 
Cairncross,* who sold them on 6th May 1600 to William 
Cairncross of Comeslie.^" This family held these lands for 



1 Stow. « Head of Alan Water. 


' Brownrig. 


* Ladypart. 


^ Muircleuch. 


" Ltier de Melros, vol. i. p. 69, No. 79. 




' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 602, No. 580. 


* Edgerstoun Charters, No. 37. 


' Ibid., No. 42. See infra, p. 369. 


" Ibid., No. 47. 



INTRODUCTION xxxvii 

several generations. They are now the property of 
Mr. William Wood, farmer, Corshope, Heriot. 

South-east of Newhouses are the lands of BlainsUe — Biainsiie. 
land through which the Roman road afterwards known as 
Dere Street probably ran. These lands were granted by 
William the Lion to the monks of Melrose ^ and formed 
one of their oldest granges. They were occupied by the 
tenants of the Monastery in three villages known as 
Overtown, Middletown, and Nethertown of Biainsiie. 

About 1180 or later Richard de Morville, with consent 
of his son William, granted liberty fo the monks of 
Melrose to plough and sow the lands of ' Blanesleye ' and 
the plain beyond the grove over to the Leder.^ This 
grant was confirmed by William de Morville.^ About the 
same period, Alan Fitzwalter, Steward of Scotland, quitted 
all claim he had to the pasturage of Bleinsley in favour 
of the monks.* We have failed to trace any further 
reference to these lands until 5th April 1547 when the 
following are found ' nychtbouris induellaris and occu- 
piaris of the Onertoune of Blannyslie' : Jhon of Romanos, 
James Lome, Thomas Fogo, William Hall, James Derlyng, 
Mychaell Dicson, Robert Clerk, Jhon Grewe, Gilbert 
Thyne, William Jhonson, Patrick Jhonson, Jhon of Hall ; 
while under the Nethertoun we have the names Stewyn 
Hunter, Thomas Hunter, James Swynnos, George 
Dawesoun, William Sterlyng, William Hall, Mychaell 
Dicson, John Grewe, Robert Hoppryngill for his brother, 
and Andrew Hoppryngill.^ Of these, Stephen Hunter 
obtained a Charter of certain lands in Biainsiie on 6th April 
1547 ; 6 and on 15th July 1550 William Hall obtained 
from John Thornton, protonotary apostolic precentor of 



' Liber de Melros, vol. i. p. 8i, No. 93. 

2 Ibid., vol. i. p. 82, No. 94. ' Ibid., vol. i. p. 83, No. 85. 

* Ibid., vol. i. pp. S4-5, No. 97. 

^ Protocol Book of Sir William CarfoW (Scottish Record Society), p. 8, No. 35. 

« Infra, p. 340. 



xxxviii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Moray (by letters dated from Rome 2nd October 1549, 
and directed to encourage and promote the letting and 
feuing of Church lands destroyed or unproductive by long 
continued wars between Scots and English), letters of 
confirmation of a charter, granted 8th March 1546-7 by 
James Stewart, Commendator of Kelso and Melrose, of 
the 22s. 3d. land of Nether Blainslie and lis. 1 Jd. land and 
town of Overtown of Blainslie, in which the bounds are 
very fully described.^ These boundaries are the same as 
those appearing in the Charter of Elizabeth Striveling 
printed in this volume.^ From the above it will be seen 
that the lands were held by a number of kindly tenants 
of the monks. These tacksmen latterly became feuars of 
the Earl of Haddington. About 1620 the following were 
' the fewaris and possessouris of the tounis and landis of 
Blainslie,' John, George, and Edward Romanuse, Agnes 
Lylstoune, relict of umquhile Edward Romanuse, Adam 
and Edward Derlinge, Michael Dicksone, John Thyne, 
James Greif, Alexander and John Hall, John and Charles 
Pringle, George and John Davidson, Thomas Lyall, 
Thomas and John Swonhouse, Hew Hardie, George Gray 
in Braidwoodshiell, George Pringle of Blindley, Katherine 
Ker, relict of James Hunter, and Francis Hunter, their 
eldest son, Thomas Hunter, burgess of Edinburgh, and 
William Hunter of Williamlaw.^ 

It is impossible to deal with these various small hold- 
ings in detail. The descendants of the above persons 
succeeded generation after generation to the lands until 
they were gradually bought out and the holdings united 
into one or more large farms. 

The property was finally consolidated in the persons of 
John Simson and Thomas Simson, whose ancestors had 



' Laing Charters, No. 569, p. 148. 2 Infra, p. 282. 

' ' Maister John Home's List of Possessors, etc' 



INTRODUCTION xxxix 

been farmers in Adinstone, Lauder. These gentlemen 
sold their estates to the Earl of Lauderdale. 

The lands of Broadwoodshiels were owned by William Broadwood- 

shiels. 

Himter of Williamlaw on 26th June 1606.^ Margaret 
CoUingwoode, his widow, and James Mure, her second 
son, were in possession on 10th March 1660.^ William 
Ker and his wife. Christian Fisher, had sasine on 
1st March 1676.^ To revert to a slightly earlier date, 
Mr. Robert Hunter obtained a precept of sasine of the 
lands from the Earl of Haddington on 29th July 1672.* 
About this time they must have passed into the hands 
of Mr. John Scott, for on 3rd June 1672 he sold them 
together with Mosshouses to Francis Scott of Langshaw.' 
On 9th February 1695, Thomas Scott was served heir to 
his father Francis Scott of Langshaw in these lands.® 
James Nicolson of Trabroun had sasine of them on 
13th April 1696,' and thereafter they were seemingly 
owned by Thomas Fairbairn, for we find in the record 
of the baptism of his daughter Grizell, 21st August 1704,^ 
that Thomas Fairbairn is designed of Broadwoodshiels. 

Leonard Shafto Orde, eldest son of John Orde of West- 
wood, Northumberland, and Rosamund Dalgleish, his 
spouse, had sasine of the lands on 15th July 1789, and 
having disponed them on 2nd December 1790 to the 
Rev. Alexander Stevenson, the latter obtained sasine 
of them on 17th December 1790. On 26th July 1799 
Alexander Christie of Grueldykes obtained sasine of the 
lands on an irredeemable disposition by Mr. Stevenson. 

At the present date they are the property of Sir William 
MacGregor, G.C.M.G., of Chapel. 



' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 67. * Hid., vol. i. p. 280. 

^ Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iii. p. 226. ' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 384. 

= Ibid., vol. ii. p. 371, and Lord Binning, Mellerstain Writs. 

^ Roxburgh Retours, No. 312. 

' Lord Binning, Mellerstain Writs. 

^ Melrose Par. Reg. (Scottish Record Society), p. 74. 



xl MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Old and New The lands of Old and New Roan lie east of Blainslie and 

Roan. . . . J. 

north of Broadwoodshiels. They were m possession ot 
George Pringle prior to 22nd July 1659, when his son, 
Robert Pringle of Bhndlie, obtained a precept of Clare 
Constat in his favour as heir of his father. On 4th and 5th 
July 1659 Robert Pringle with certain consents granted a 
charter in favour of William Cranston, portioner of Hunt- 
leywood, and Mary Erskine, his spouse, who had sasine on 
25th January 1660,^ and were still in possession on 10th 
June 1671.^ They were afterwards owned by James 
Erskine, who, on 28th April 1720, sold them to James 
Stirling, who disponed them to James Inglis. Inglis sold 
them to John Hounam on 30th June 1729, and James 
Stirling obtained a Charter of Confirmation on 4th March 
1732 and purchased various other portions of the lands 
thereafter. His son, James Stirling, obtained a Charter 
of Confirmation on 4th July 1801, when he sold them 
to Donald Cameron, who in his turn sold them on 28th 
November to Alexander Christie. Christie disponed them 
on 23rd April 1828 to George Peat. Mr. Peat sold them 
on 30th December 1829 to John Topper Southwaite. 
Mr. Southwaite having become bankrupt, they were sold 
to the Earl of Lauderdale on 7th March 1844. 

The name of Milchesyde has entirely disappeared from 
the district ; probably under the name of the Milsiebum 
we have the only reference to the ancient holding. The 
boundaries were as follows : — ' From the upper fish pool 
down by the same rivulet which falls into the said fish 
pool as far as the great causeway which goes from Lauder 
towards Birkenside and thence by the same causeway 
southward to the eastern head of the ditch which the 
foresaid monks made after our assignation between their 
land and the land which we have assigned on the south 



' Lord Binning, Mellerstain Writs. 

^ Mtlrose Regality Records, vol. ii. p. 275. 



INTRODUCTION xli 

to our sick and from the said head of the ditch made by 
the monks along the same westward to the ancient ditch 
which crosses the place from south to north and thence 
southward to the head of the same ancient ditch and 
thence descending obliquely in the direction in which 
Joceline^ Lord Bishop of Glasgow and the Cellarer of 
Melrose perambulated the boundary as far as the rivulet 
called Mereburn [Marchburn] which is the boundary 
between the lands of Milkeside and the lands of Blainslei 
to the great causeway which descends from Windelaw to 
Lauder and thence by the same causeway northward to 
the road which runs from it to Milkeside and by that 
way to the head of the ditch which we had begun before 
we gave the lands of Milkeside to the Abbey of Melrose 
and thence to the southern head of the ditch which 
surrounds the court of the said chapel on the west.' ^ 
These boundaries show that the lands lay immediately 
north of the lands of Blainslie and were bounded by 
' Cheild lyehs chapel walls.' They were thus latterly in- 
cluded in the lands of Blainslie. 

West of Blainslie are the lands of Threepwood. This Threepwood. 
is a very ancient holding granted by Alan, the son of 
Roland, Constable of Scotland, to the monks between 
1177 and 1204.^ In 1180 William the Lion arranged a 
dispute between the monks and Richard de Moreville, 
then Constable of Scotland, by which they were to enjoy 
the rights to the wood and pasturage and also the game.^ 
The ground seems to have been gradually cleared of 
timber and the holding occupied by the monks and their 
vassals. At the time the lands passed into the hands of 
the Earl of Haddington they appear to have .been in the 
occupation of kindly tenants of the Abbey, to whom the 
earl granted feu charters. 



' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 99, No. 109. 

2 Ibid., p. 69, No. 79. ' Ibid., p. 100-2, No. Iio-Il. 



xlii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Newhouses. The lands of Newhouses were held by tenants under 
tacks from the monks, and were known as the Newhouses 
of Threepwood. 

On 2nd December 1620 Thomas, Earl of Melrose, granted 
charters of Newhouses to John Romanes, John Williamson, 
and William Dewar.^ Thereafter John Romanes acquired 
the greater part of the lands from the other holders, one 
of whom was Hugh Dods. On 23rd July 1635 Edward 
Hall obtained sasine on a charter of confirmation by the 
Earl of Haddington of a portion of the lands. ^ 

The three daughters of Edward Hall, Isobel, Catherine, 
and Marion Hall, and their husbands had sasine of their 
portion on 14th December 1663.^ John Lithgow, husband 
of Isobel Hall, acquired the whole of that portion on 
28th April 1679.* His son and heir, Edward Lithgow, 
obtained a precept of Clare Constat from the superior on 
29th October 1716 ^ and disposed of them on 10th Novem- 
ber 1716 to John Hounam. Hounam sold them to James 
Watherston on 24th July 1721. Thomas Waterston, son 
of James Watherston, disponed them to Benjamin Scott 
on 23rd August 1748. James Scott acquired them under 
the Trust Disposition of Benjamin Scott, recorded 
30th December 1772, and sold them to William Romanes, 
who disponed them on 26th July 1793 to the Earl of 
Lauderdale, whose successor is the present owner.* 

Coimesiiehiii. These lands known as Cumbesliecnol were granted in 
feu by the Earl of Bothwell on 1st April 1567 to John Hoy 
in Combesliehill,' who was still in possession in 1607.* 
They appear next to have been in the hands of the Cairn- 
crosses, but on 5th August 1630 there was a Crown grant 
to Walter Murray of Aikwode and his heirs of the lands 



1 Earl of Lauderdale's Writs. = /^^^ s /^,-^. 4 j^^^_ 5 7^,-^. 

' Earl of Lauderdale's Writs and Roxburgh Sasines. 

' Sir William Eraser, Saris of Haddington, vol. ii. p. 268, No. 376. 

* Melrose Regality Records, vol. i, p. 32. 



INTRODUCTION xliii 

of Colmesliehill, which were resigned by Alexander Hay of 
Colmeshehill with consent of Elizabeth Hunter, his spouse, 
William Hunter sometime of Williamslaw, then in Over- 
wood, Andrew Darling in Appletreeleaves called ' Mid- 
andrew,' Alexander Hunter of Wrangham for himself and 
the heirs of James Hunter, minister at Smailholm, his 
father, Mariot Aikman, widow of said James, and Thomas 
M'Dowal in Stodrigg, then her spouse.^ 

About the period 1629-33 the owner of Colmesliehill was 
Alexander Vair.^ Thereafter these lands were acquired 
by the family of Innes and passed with Colmeslie to Lady 
Reay, the present owner. 

The first mention of Colmeslie in the Chartulary is coimesUe. 
when Malcolm iv. granted to the monks of Melrose a site 
in the lower part of Cumbesley to erect a cow-house for 
one hundred cows and a sheepfold.^ The name was 
doubtless derived from St. Colm or Columba, the ruins of 
a chapel dedicated to him marking a field still called the 
Chapel Park.* 

Prior to the Reformation the lands were in the occupa- 
tion of the Cairncross family. One of these, Nicol Cairn- 
cross, a burgess of Edinburgh and one of the ' Earkmaisters 
of the confrary and altare of the haly blude,' ^ held grants 
of various lands.^ He appears to have had no issue by 
his wife, Marion Scott. In the charter of the lands of 
Bakspittaill and Foirspittail in the regality of Broughton 
and Sheriffdom of Edinburgh, dated 21st April 1536, his 
brother William is mentioned as next in succession,' and 
in subsequent charters he is designated Cairncross of 



1 Great Seal Keg., vol. 1620-33, p. S42, No. 1625. 

^ MS. Rental and Valuation, Earl of Haddington, in Teind Office. 

2 Liber de Melros, vol. i. p. 6, No. 3. 

* Wade, Melrose, p. 76, and Benvickshire Nat. Club Transactions, vol. xiii. 
p. 196. 

* Laing Charters, No. 338, p. 86. 

6 Edgerstoun Charters. ' Ibid., No. 4. 



xliv MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Comesley.i The descendants of William Caimcross held 
the lands for several generations. 

The lands next seem to have passed into the hands of 
James Pringle of Cortleferry, who was succeeded by his 
two sisters, Marion Pringle, wife of John Hunter of 
Cousland and Isabella Pringle, wife of Malcolm Inglis of 
Manorhead, who were served heirs to John Pringle on 
17th January 1662.2 Marion Pringle having acquired her 
sister's half, her daughters, Helen Hunter, wife of James 
Pringle of Craigend, and Christian Hunter, wife of Francis 
Scot, brother to James Scot of Galashiels, .obtained a 
charter from the Earl of Haddington on 7th June 1680.^ 
Mr. John Lawsone, ' under clerk to the Lords of seacret 
counsel,' his spouse, Margaret Wischart, and their son, 
John Lawson, had sasine on 9th June 1688 of one half of 
the lands called Cellmuir.* James Thomson, merchant, 
Edinburgh, owned the lands in 1709.^ William Shortreid 
of Comeslie is mentioned on 12th January 1753 as being 
in possession.* On 20th May 1772 Margaret and Agnes 
Shortreid, daughters of William Shortreid of Philogar, 
have sasine under a bond for £2500 by David Campbell, 
W.S.,' who was evidently then owner. His trustees 
obtained a discharge thereof on 28th February 1775.* 
Latterly we find the lands possessed by George Innes of 
Stow, whose daughter was succeeded by Captain Alex- 
ander Mitchell. He married Fanny Jane, daughter of 
Richard Hasler of Aldingbourne, Sussex, and dying 
without issue left his estates to her. She is now the wife 
of Donald James, eleventh Lord Reay. 

South of Threepwood are the lands of Langshaw. These 



' Edgerstoun Charters, Nos. 5 and 12. 

^ Roxburgh Retours, 233 ; General Retours, 4535. 

^ Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iv. pp. 127, 128. 

* Ibid., vol. iv. pp. 438-50. •'' Nisbet, Plates, p. 57. 

* Jbid., vol. xiii. p. 82. ' Ibid., vol. xx. pp. 411-16. 
' Ibid., vol. xxii. fol. 72. 



INTRODUCTION xlv 

lands were held of the monks who astricted the tenants of 
Blainslie, Threepwood, Mosshouses, Comeshe, and other 
places adjoining to have their corn ground at the Mill of 
Langshaw. Reference is made to an Act of the Court of 
the Regality, dated 10th April 1527,i by Andrew Durie, 
the abbot, who confirmed the acts of his predecessors 
ordaining the tenants and others in ' thir eist pairteis ' to 
have their corn ground there. The lands on 27th January 
1586-7 were in possession of George Hoppringle, brother 
german to James Hoppringle of Woodhous, called ' feuar 
of said Lands,' possibly a holder under a security writ, 
who at that date claimed his right to thirlage. On 
6th May 1600 Charles Cairncross granted a charter of 
Alienation of these lands in favour of William Cairncross 
of Colmeslie.^ After passing into the hands of the Pringles 
of Whjrtbank and others, they were acquired by the Earl 
of Haddington. 

The lands of Easter and Wester Housebyres, known also Housebyres. 
as Eister and Wester fuird and Eistraick and Wolhouse- 
byres, were among the lands annexed to the Crown at the 
Reformation, and are found in the grp,nts to the Earl of 
Haddington on 28th August 1609.* Newhousebyre or 
Wolhousebyres was, however, in possession of Robert 
Cairncross of Colmeslie prior to February 1573-74,* at 
which date William Hoppringle was tenant. The lands 
were sold by him to Sir Patrick Murray of Langshaw, 
eldest son of Sir Gideon Murray of Elibank, who was 
third son of Andrew Murray of Blackbarony, and who 
obtained a Crown charter 6f them on 20th August 1617,^ 
when they were called Eistraik and Ouisbyir. On 



' Melrose Regality Records, vol. i. p. 56. 

2 Edgerstoun Charters, No. 47, p. 377. 

^ Great Seal Reg., vol. 1609-20, p. 51, No. 139. 

* Edinburgh Testament Register, 9th December 1575 and 17th January 1591. 

^ Great Seal Reg., vol. 1609-20, p. 608, No. 1673. 



xlvi MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

3rd April 1618 ^ there was a Crown ratification of certain 
burdens payable from the lands, which indicate that 
James Pringle of Whitebank had previous to that date 
held the lands, and there followed a new grant in favour 
of Sir Gideon Murray and his spouse. ^ 

After numerous transmissions the lands of Wester House- 
byres have become the property of Mr. Robert Shirra 
Bruce, Thirlstane Mains, Lauder ; while the proprietors of 
Easter Housebyres can still claim descent from the family 
of Trotter, whose name appears in more than one decreet 
of the Regality Court. 
Fawhope. The lands of Fawhope were given by William de 

Lindsay to the convent of Melrose prior to the year 
1179.* They had previously formed part of the lands 
of Ercheldune (Earlston), which he had held luider Swan 
the son of Thor.* They are described as bounded on 
the east by the Leader, on the north by the Fauhope 
bum, now known as the packman's bum and Soroules- 
field, on the west by Housbyres, and on the south by the 
Tweed. We do not find the lands mentioned again in the 
Chartulary of Melrose, though the bum of that name is 
frequently referred as a boundary of other lands. They 
were probably occupied by the tenants of the monks 
until the anjiexation of the Church lands to the Crown, 
after which they again appear in the various Crown 
grants. 

James Stewart, Commendator of Melrose, on 9th 
December 1602, granted a precept of Clare Constat in 
favour of Robert Dinnant, who obtained sasine of the 
lands upon the same day.^ On 2nd September 1751, 



' Great Seal Reg., vol. 1609-20, p. 657, No. 1812. 

2 Ibid., vol. 1609-20, p. 669, No. 1854. 

' Liber de Metros, vol. i. p. 11, No. 12. 

'' Raine, North Durham, App., p. 38, No. 164. 

' Writs of the lands in the hands of Dr. Lithgow's representatives. 



INTRODUCTION xlvii 

George Steuart had a Disposition in his favour by Janet 
Main, only child of William Mein, portioner of Gattonside, 
and Isobel Waugh, only child of John Waugh, smith in 
Brotherstanes.i The name Fauchope has in recent years 
been applied to a small property belonging to the heirs 
of the late Surgeon-General A. S. Lithgow, which at one 
time formed part of the larger area bearing that name. 

The lands of Sorrowlessfield were situated on the west Sorrowiess- 
side of the Leader. About the beginning of the thirteenth 
century, a prolonged litigation began between the monks 
of Melrose and Patrick, Earl of Dunbar, which, after an 
appeal to Pope Innocent in. and a remit to the Bishop of 
Moray, ended in the earl granting to the monks in July 
1208 — the King confirming the grant — the whole arable 
land called Sorouelesfield on the west side of the Leader, 
such as had been held by William Soroueles, who is then 
first mentioned in that grant, and from whom the lands 
had derived their name.^ A confirmation of this grant 
was made by Alexander ii.^ In the reign of Robert i., 
Patrick, Earl of Dunbar, confirmed all the previous grants 
in his dominion, including Sourlesfelde,* and David ii. 
confirmed Dunbar's grant on 11th January 1341-2.° 
This was followed by a charter dated 8th May 1400 by 
George, Earl of (Dunbar and) March confirming previous 
grants to the monks including all the woods in Soroules- 
feilde.® Finally there is a confirmation by James i. on 
18th April 1433 of the disputes between the monastery 
and the Earl of Dimbar, and giving the monastery these 
lands.'' 

On 1st April 1567 the monks granted to Sir John Home 



1 Writs of the lands in the hands of Dr. Lithgow's representatives. 

2 Liber de Mdros, vol. i. pp. 87-95, Nos. 101-5. 

3 Ibid., vol. i. p. 159, No. 174. * Ibid., vol. ii. p. 330, No. 365. 
= Ibid., vol. ii. p. 395, No. 431. ^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 490, No. 506. 
' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 545. No. 546. 



xlviii MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of Cowdenknowes and Lady Margaret Ker, his .spouse, 
the lands of Sorolesfield and Park.^ 

On 7th June 1568 the King confirmed a charter granted 
by Michael, Commendator of Melrose, to Alexander 
Balfour of Denmylne of the Regality lands. ^ 

At the Reformation, when a third of the benefices and 
the superiority of the lands were annexed to the Crown, 
these Church lands passed through the same transmissions 
already mentioned and were finally vested in the Earl of 
Haddington as superior. Sorrowlessfield now forms part 
of the estate of Cowdenknowes. 
Redpath. The lands of Redpath were held of the Crown, having 

been granted by Robert i. to his nephew, Thomas Ran- 
dolph, Earl of Moray, who bestowed them upon the Abbot 
and monks of Melrose,* to whom sasine was granted on 
4th September 1319.* This grant was confirmed by 
Patrick, Earl of Dunbar,^ and by King Robert i.® 

The Earl of Douglas, on 17th December 1416, disposed 
of a dispute between the monks and John the Hage, Lord 
of Bemerside, in their favour.' This was followed by the 
Earl of Douglas letting the lands ' to borch ' to the Abbots 
of Melrose on 13th May 1418.* A Confirmation by the 
Earl of Douglas of the original grant of Thomas, Earl of 
Moray, is dated 10th July 1418,^ and on 13th September 
1421 the Earl of Douglas again confirmed the whole lands 
and marches ^^ giving their boundaries. Then followed an 
excommunication of John Hage of Bemersyde for ignoring 
the decree of the Earl of Douglas ^^ and a judgment of the 



1 Sir William Fraser, Earls of Haddington, vol. ii. p. 267, No. 375. 

2 Great Seal Reg., vol. 1546-80, No. 18 19. 
' Liber de Metros, vol. ii. p. 385, No. 422. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. pp. 386 and 387, Nos. 423, 424. 
6 Ibid., vol. ii. p. 387, No. 425. 

^ Ibid., vol. ii. p. 389, No. 426. ' Ibid., vol. ii. pp. 539, 540. 

* Ibid., vol. ii. No. S41. ' Ibid., vol. ii. p. 540, No. 542. 
" Ibid., vol. ii. p. S4i. No. 543. " Ibid., vol. ii. p. 542, No. 544- 



INTRODUCTION xlix 

Earl of Douglas fixing an assize to perambulate the 
Marches, in which he gives the boundaries of the lands ^ 
in the following terms : ' Fra the Chyldwell abone passand 
wp to the myddys of the Threpleche to the standand 
stane and fra the standand stane downe the syke to the 
myddys of the furde of Heldene and swa passand downe 
the myddys of the bume rynnand about the bra and the 
dyke the qwylke bra and dyke had qwylum a zete closand 
and opynnand for the caryage of tymbyr to the byggyng 
of the house of Dryburgh and swa fra that zete to the 
Hekkerstane cors.' 

On 3rd November 1427 the King confirmed the per- 
ambulation made on 16th November 1425.^ From Dr, 
Maitland Thomson's Vatican Charters we have obtained 
the following transmissions : On 5th November 1546 : 
Charter whereby James, perpetual Commendator of the 
Monasteries of Melros and Calco, and the Convent of the 
Monastery of Melros, of the Cistercian Order in the diocese 
of Glasgow (for the augmentation of their rental and for 
certain sums of money paid to them for the repair and 
rebuilding of their Monastery recently burned by the 
English) grant in feu farm to William Andersoun in 
Reidpeth, a husband land and half husband land of the 
lands of Reidpeth then occupied by him with pasture in 
the common of Ersiltoun, lying in the lordship of Melros 
within the sheriffdom of Berwick, extending in their 
rental to thirty shilhngs Scots, four poultry and IJ 
' caragia ' : To be holden the said William and the heirs 
male of his body lawfully procreated or to be procreated, 
whom failing his heirs male whomsoever, whom failing his 
heirs and assignees whomsoever de nobis : Rendering 
therefor yearly thirty-three shillings and six pennies, 
Scots, four poultry and J^ ' caragia ' when required, being 

' Libfr de Melros, vol. ii. p. 544, No. 545. 

^ Great Seal Reg., vol. 1424-1513, p. 20, No. 106. 

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1 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

an augmentation of their rental to the amount of three 
shiUings and six pence, the heirs doubhng the said feu 
farm the first year of their entry. 

At the said Monastery, on 5th November 1546, there is 
added a provision against aUenation, sale, or impignora- 
tion of the said lands to any lords, temporal or spiritual 
or persons of noble birth, and depriving the said William 
his heirs and assignees, of the right of so alienating, selling, 
or impignorating, except to inhabitants of the lands of 
Redpeth and similar persons of inferior condition to 
himself and that even with the licence and consent of the 
Commendator and Convent asked and obtained, under 
pain of amission of the feu and reversion to the monastery.^ 
This is followed by Letters of Confirmation by John, 
Archbishop of St. Andrews, etc., confirming a Feu Charter 
granted by James, perpetual Commendator of the Monas- 
tery of Melros, . . . and the convent thereof, whereby 
for the augmentation of the yearly rental of the monastery 
to the amount of Four Shillings and Eight Pence Scots, 
and in consideration of certain sums paid to them for the 
repair and rebuilding of the monastery burned by the 
English, they granted and in feu farm demitted to David 
Roger in Reidpeth and his heirs . . . two husband lands 
of the lands of Reidpeth with pasture on the commonty 
of Ersiltoun, then occupied by the said David . . . furth 
of which the granters had been in use to uplift yearly the 
sum of Forty Shilhngs Scots with six fowls and two 
carriages : To be holden . . . for payment yearly of 
Forty-four Shilhngs and Eight Pence Scots, etc. : at 
Edinbiirgh, 9th November 1556.^ There is also a precept 
of Clare Constat directed by Michael perpetual commen- 
dator of the Monastery of Melros to Peter Trottar and 
James Huntare, bailies in that part, for infefting David 

* Dr. Maitland Thomson, Transcripts of Vatican Charters, vol. vii. No. 1390. 
^ /bid,, vol. viii. No. 1690. 



INTRODUCTION li 

Roger as heir of his father umquhil David Roger in Reid- 
path in two husband lands in Reidpath with pasture in 
the commonty of Ersiltoun ... to be held of the 
Monastery in feu farm : at the Monastery 1st December 
1564. Witnesses, Wilham Linlithgow of Drygrange, John 
Blacader, Malcolm Hoppringill and John Broun, notary. 
Signed Michael, Commr. of Melrose and others.^ 

On 7th June 1568 the King confirmed a charter made 
by Michael, Commendator of Melrose, to Alexander 
Balfour of Denmylne of these and other lands.^ About 
1620 the following were the occupiers of the lands : 
Thomas Linhthgow, Robert Trotter, Burgess of Edin- 
burgh, and his subtenants, William and John Anderson, 
John Camecrose, Isobell Richardson, relict of umquhile 

Johne Roger, and Rodger, Andro Home, and Isobell 

Haistie, relict of John Bell, and her son.^ 

In closing this brief Introduction, the Editor desires 

to acknowledge his indebtedness to the noblemen and 

gentlemen who have so kindly supplied the manuscripts 

and documents now printed ; to Dr. Maitland Thomson 

and Mr. Curie, who revised the proofs, Mr. Henry Paton, 

M.A., who transcribed the manuscripts. Miss M. G. 

Edgar, M.A., who has assisted the Editor in searching 

the Records and in the preparation of the work for the 

press, and Mr. Alexander Mill, of the Signet Library, 

who has prepared a valuable Index to these three volumes 

of records. 

CHARLES S. ROMANES. 

1st December 1916. 



' Dr. Maitland Thomson, Transcripts of Vatican Charters, vol. ix. No. 1970. 

2 Great Seal Reg., vol. 1546-80, No. 1819. 

* ' Maister John Home's List of Possessors, etc. ' 



COURT BOOKS AND ROLLS OF THE 
REGALITY OF MELROSE, 1682-1684 

' Att Melrose the fourth day of March j™ vj<= and eightie 
tua yeires ' — 

Which day George Pringle of BhndHe, bailie-depute of 
the regality of Melrose, sitting in judgment, gave and 
delivered to John Lithgow in Melrose, notary public, to 
read in face of court a Gift and Commission, under the 
great seal, of the office and jurisdiction of bailiary within 
the said regality, granted by his Majesty to Robert, Earl 
of Roxburgh, Lord Cesfoord and Cavertoune, etc., with 
power to appoint deputes, clerks, etc., during his Majesty's 
pleasure, dated at Whitehall, 19th January 1682 ; also 
a Deputation and letter of bailiary granted by the said 
Earl to the said George Pringle to be bailie-depute during 
his Lordship's pleasure, dated at Edinburgh, 13th Feb- 
ruary 1682 ; and a missive letter and warrant from the 
Earl to him to choose his own clerk, dated at Edinburgh, 
14th February 1682 ; and conform thereto he chose the 
said John Lithgow to be his clerk, and commanded him 
to fence the court, who did so in name of his Majesty, the 
Earl and bailie-depute. Compeared Robert Faa, late 
bailie of the regality, and protested as factor and chamber- 
lain to the Earl of Haddington that the keys of the tolbooth 
of Melrose might not be taken out of the town of Melrose 
but left. ' in some honest mans hands liveing ther ' to be 
forthcoming for the use of the said Earl and his factor 
' when evir they had to doe therwith,' and took instru- 
ments in the hands of the said John Lithgow. Also com- 
peared Thomas Wilkiesone, late clerk of regality, and 
protested that the said John Lithgow ' had wrongouslie 
intruded himselfe in his office of the clerkeshipe by sitting 
and fencing of a court that day, notwithstanding the said 

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2 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Thomas' gift of the clerkship ad vitam aut culpam from 
the deceased John, Earl of HaddingtoA, heritable bailie 
of the regality; but the bailie-depute answered that 
the said protestation was in effect against the King's 
gift to the Earl of Roxburgh and the Earl's deputation 
to the bailie-depute, and besides the said Thomas 
"VVilkieson ' could neither show nor produce ' the gift 
ad vitam aut culpam, and though he should yet he 
offered to prove by the said Thomas Wilkieson's oath 
that the said gift was long since recalled by Charles, now 
Earl of Haddington, and that he was necessitated to accept 
of another commission or tolerance from the said Earl to 
continue in office during pleasure only ; and as the said 
Charles, Earl of Haddington's heritable office and juris- 
diction of bailiary is now fallen in his Majesty's hands 
through his Lordship's not taking the Test in due time, 
any former gift or tolerance from the Earl falls likewise 
therewith ; so the bailie repelled the protestation, and 
thereafter administered the Test in the prescribed manner 
to the said John Lithgow, who in turn administered the 
same to the bailie-depute. Thereafter the bailie-depute 
chose Archibald Frier in Coblehouse to be his procurator- 
fiscal, and the clerk administered the Test to him ; and 
they all sealed and subscribed the same in judgment, and 
• the bailie-depute ordained the same to be registered in 
the court books of the regality. [Here follows the Test.] 
' Sic subscribitur, Geo. Pringle ; Jo. Lythgow, els. ; Archi- 
bald Frier.' 

Melrose, 20 March 1682 

Which day the bailie-depute and clerk gave their oaths 
judicially for faithful administration, and thereafter the 
rolls of the head court being thrice formally called over, 
the bailie fined each person, who being thrice called failed 
to compear, in 50 1 Scots and issued precepts thereupon. 

Melrose, 25 March 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action at the instance of Archibald Frier, 
procurator fiscal, against ' the haill delinquents and per- 



VIOLENCE TO JAILER 3 

sones irregular ' i within the regahty, conform to a roll 
thereof, for transgressing the Acts of Parliament by fre- 
quenting house and field conventicles and withdrawing 
from their parish church, since the Act of Indemnity, 
whereby they are liable to specified fines. The fiscal 
compearing, there also compeared personally William 
Bell, James Mosse, and Andrew Chisholme, in Ridpeth, 
and Robert Mertone in Gattounsyde, who are absolved, 
the latter offering to depone, and asserting that he was 
orderly, while the first three produced a testificate by 
Mr. John Hepburne, their parish minister at Ersiltoune, 
that they were very orderly and constantly attended the 
parish church ; and the rest of the defenders being absent 
were held as confessed, and fined according to their degree, 
in terms of the Acts of Parliament. 

Melrose, 25 April 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Robert Whyte, officer, and the 
fiscal for his interest, against John and Thomas Bell, 
weavers in Melrose, narrating that ' yesternight about 
elevine acloake at night or therby the said Robert Whyte 
persewer haveing gone to the tolbuith of Melrose to visite 
the prissoners laid in ther by the Laird of Meldrum and 
to sticke and lock in the saids prissone doors securlie that 
none of them might escape, the saids defenders being lying 
in waite for the persewer presentlie followed him up the 
tolbuith stairres and whensoevir he had oppened door they 
fell upon the persewer, with some uthir of their complices 
under cloud of night and violentlie thrust the persewer 
from the door, and did pull out, at the least offerred violent- 
lie to pull out one of the saids prissoners, quherupon the 
said persewar, conforme to his dewtie and office, commandit 
the defenders in the Kings name to keep off and baite 
them from the said door with his staffe to that effect, and 
the defenders were so farr from obeying or giveing dew 
reverence or subjectioune to the persewers authoritie as 
jevellar to the saids prissoners, he being stricklie com- 



' See pp. 22 to 45. 



4 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

manded by the said Laird of Meldrume not to suffer any 
persone to entir into or come out of the said tolbuith 
untill the morrow, yett the saids defenders most furioushe 
againe did asault the persewer and tooke his stalfe from 
him quherwith he wes defending himselfe and disgrace- 
fuHie in high contempt of authoritie broke it into peices 
and raged and shouged the persewer by the armes and 
drew him from the said tolbuith doune throw the haill 
casa and street the lenth of James Edgars house with 
many opprobrious speeches, such as rascall and villane, 
quherthrow the saids defenders are guilty of most hineous 
ryot ' and ought to be fined and otherwise punished. 
Both parties compearing, the pursuer referred to the 
.defenders' oaths, and Thomas Bell deponed ' that he 
haveing gone in with leave to visite the prisoners and 
when he was comeing out againe he would have had James 
Broune out with him and tooke him by the arme to draw 
at him to come out twysse, but Robert Whytte resisted 
him and hinderd to take James Broune out, and that he 
did not sie the staffe broken betwixt his brother and the 
said Robert Whjrtte but he beleaves it wes broken in the 
stairre head ' ; and John Bell deponed ' that he came up 
the tolbuith stairre to bring out his brother Thomas Bell, 
and the said Robert Whytte haveing baitten him twysse 
off with his staffe he tooke the staffe from him and broke 
it, but gave him no farder offence, and that the said 
Robert Whyte followed and persewed them doune the 
streitt and caused some of Meldrums gentlemen apprehend 
them.' The bailie ordains John Bell to pay to the fiscal 
20 1. and Thomas Bell to pay 30 1. of fine. 

Melrose, 29 April 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action at instance of George Ogilvye, pro- 
curator fiscal to the justices of peace in the sheriffdom of 
Roxburgh and other shires adjacent, against Robert 
Bunzie, mason in Newstea-d, and John Hunter, shoemaker 
in Melrose, for his interest, to make forthcoming to him 
800 merks due by Bunzie to the said John Hunter, and 
arreisted^in his hands on 25 July 1681, at least so much 
thereof as will satisfy the sum of 300 merks contained in a 



ACTION FOR RECOVERY OF BOOKS 5 

decreet obtained at pursuer's instance before Adam 
Urquhart of Meldrum, John Riddell of Hayning and Wil- 
liam Elliot of Dunlabyres, three of his Majesty's justices 
of peace specially nominated by the Privy Council for the 
shire of Roxburgh and others adjacent, against the said 
John Hunter in Melrose, David Gibsone there and James 
Patersone in Newtoune, for keeping and frequenting 
house and field conventicles and baptizing and marrying 
disorderly, and who by their bond, dated 1st May 1679, 
obliged themselves under a penalty of 100 merks each to 
compear before the Lords of Council when required, but 
failing therein were decerned to pay the said penalty. 
The said pursuer compearing by Archibald Frier, his 
procurator, and the defenders being both absent, the 
bailie decerns as craved. 

Melrose, 24 June 1682 ; George Pringle [who hitherto 
styled himself bailie-depute, but now and hence- 
forth is styled bailie principal of the regality]. 

Which day action by Archibald Frier, fiscal, against 
Robert Bunzie, mason in Newstead, and John Hunter, 
cordiner in Melrose, for his interest, for making forth- 
coming 500 merks due by Bunzie to Hunter and arreisted 
for satisfaction of 335 1 Scots contained in decreet, 25 March 
last, at the pursuer's instance before the bailie of regality 
of Melrose against said John Hunter for withdrawing from 
his parish church, attending conventicles, and disorderly 
baptisms. Defenders absent, decerns as craved. 

Same day action by John and William Lithgow for them- 
selves and as factors for David and James Lithgow, all 
lawful sons and executors to deceased James Lithgow of 
Drygrange, against Thomas Wilkiesone, late clerk of 
regality, who in 1662, 1663, 1664 or 1665 did borrow from 
their father the whole Acts of Parliament of this realm 
from the first Parliament held at Perth by King James i. 
on 26 May 1444 [sic], to the first Parliament held by his 
Majesty and the Earl of Midletoune, his Commissioner, at 
Edinburgh in 1661, inclusive, bound up in two books in 
folio ' with fyne broads,' containing de verborum significa- 
tione at the end of the said books, and which were new. 



6 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

whole and entire when lent by their father to him and are 
worth 100 1 Scots ; which he ought to restore to them (as 
having only and undoubted right thereto) in as good con- 
dition as they were when lent to hirii, or pay the worth 
thereof as above. Both parties compearing, the defender 
denied the claim, and alleged that the pursuers produced 
no active title and no intimation of concurrence from the 
rest of the pursuers. The pursuer opponed ' the forsaid 
lyble bearing a licence from the commissar to persew the 
defender usque ad sententiam ' ; and on 8th April the bailie 
ordained the defender to exhibit the books in his hands 
or in the hands of any neutral man in Melrose, after which 
the bailie would hear both parties before delivery ; but that 
day the defender was absent, and is held as confessed, and 
ordained to deliver up the books to the pursuers as required 
or pay 100 1 as the value thereof, with 20 1 of expenses of 
plea. 

Melrose, 26 August 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by John Lithgow, clerk of regality, 
against Thomas Wilkiesone, late clerk thereof, narrating 
that whereas the pursuer ought to possess the emoluments, 
benefits and profits of the office and have the custody of 
the old registers of the court and all other papers, pro- 
cesses and deeds connected therewith, so as to be able to 
give out extracts when required, notwithstanding hereof 
the defender retains the same and moreover does daily 
give out extracts of records in his custody and receives in 
any that come to his hand to be registered and antedates 
the incoming of them, thus rendering the office unprofitable 
to the pursuer or any other clerk. He ought therefore to 
deliver up the same and account for his intromissions since 
the office lapsed. Both parties compearing, the defender 
refused to make exhibition, and alleged that the Earl of 
Haddington ought to be summoned for his interest, to 
which the pursuer opponed his libel ; whereupon the bailie 
decerned the defender to deliver as above upon oath, and 
also upon oath make account of the monies received by 
him for giving out extracts and registering deeds. 



RESET OF A REBEL 7 

Melrose, 2 September 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Archibald Frier, fiscal, against 
Alexander Scott, portioner of Blainslies, for transgressing 
the Acts of Parliament against reset of rebels by setting to 
William Spotswood, ' rebell and declaired outlaw and 
fugitive,' this twelvemonth bygone and more a house and 
yard, wherein he has dwelt peaceably until now. Both 
parties compearing, and the charge being denied, the pur- 
suer adduced (1) George Moffatt in Blainslies, who deponed 
' that he heard the said Allexander Scott confesse that he 
sett ane coatt house to the said William Spotswood and 
that he should have fourtie shillings Scotts of maill for it 
in the yeir ' ; (2) John Wallace in Blainslies deponed as 
above ; (3) James Turner there deponed ' that he heard 
Robert Whytte take him witnes of something betwixt him 
and the said Allexander Scott but knew not quhat it wes, 
and that the said Allexander sett the land to him but 
reserved that coatt house to himself e.' The bailie finds 
the charge proved and decerns the defender to find caution 
in 500 merks to present William Spotswood to the said 
bailie, and to remain in prison till this caution is found. 

Melrose, 15 December 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by John and William Lithgow, for 
themselves and for David and James Lithgow, all lawful 
sons and executors of deceased James Lithgow of Dry- 
grange, against Andrew Hiettoune, portioner of Darnike, 
and Thomas Wilkiesone, late clerk of regality, for his 
interest, narrating decreet, 24 June last, against Willdeson, 
whereupon they caused Francis Pringle, officer, on 4 Decem- 
ber instant, arrest in Helton's hands 200 I or thereby due 
by him to Wilkieson. Defenders absent, the bailie 
decerns them to make forthcoming 100 merks contained 
in a Bond by Hieton to Wilkieson. 

Melrose, 3 February 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Archibald Frier, fiscal, against 
Andrew Mair, portioner of Gattonside, Thomas Hallywall 



8 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

there, John Hoy there, Thomas Mathesone there, Archi- 
bald Frier, weaver there, James Frier there and his wife, 
Robert Gierke, merchant there, and John Wright, smith 
there, narrating that the pursuer obtained decreets against 
said Robert Clerk and John Wright for 245 1. Scots, and 
thereupon arreisted in the defenders' hands all sums due 
by them to the said Robert and John. Defenders all com- 
pearing, pursuer referred to their oaths, and John Hoy 
deponed he owed only 20 1. to Clerk and knew not what 
interest, and owed nothing to Wright ; James Frier 
deponed 50 merks due by bond to Clerk, with some interest, 
and nothing to Wright ; Andrew Mair craved to advise 
with his oath till next court day ; the rest deponed negative 
to all. Decerns and absolves accordingly. 

Melrose, 19 May 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Andrew Chisholme, portioner of 
Darnick, and the procurator-fiscal for his interest, against 
Robert Halliwall, portioner of Darnick, narrating that the 
pursuer was in peaceable possession ' of the thrid cavell of 
Highcroce and Bankyaite and six butts in Coatburne thir 
thrie yeires bygane quhich fell by cutt and cavell to him 
conforme to the contract of divisioune conveined theranent 
amongest the haill fewars in Darnicke with consent of the 
Erie of Haddingtoune ther superiour therof,' and accord- 
ingly on 1st May instant was tilling and labouring ' ane 
rig of the said fourth pairt of the said thrid cavell of High- 
croce and Bankyaite ' and ' seadfurrowing the samyne 
with his pleugh ' when the defender came about 2 or 3 p.m. 
and stopped his plough by striking and beating the horses, 
and took the horses by the head and would not suffer 
them to go forward, whereupon the pursuer protested and 
took instruments in the hands of Thomas Wilkiesone, 
there present ; and for this riot he should be fined and 
punished, and also be decerned to pay 100 I of penalty 
contained in the said contract of division. Both parties 
compearing, defender denied, but pursuer opponed the 
instrument of interruption, and referred also to defender's 
oath, who confessed ; so decerns him to pay 50 1. to the 



BREAKING COMMON GROUND 9 

fiscal for the said riot, and 10 i. to the pursuer for damage 
and cost, and discharges him to interrupt the pursuer's 
possession in time coming. 

Melrose, 9 June 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by the procurator-fiscal against 
Robert Lies in Whitlaw, and John Leathane his servitor, 
narrating decreet, 26 August last, at pursuer's instance 
agiainst Leathane for 100 1 Scots, whereupon James Wauch, 
officer, on 8 June instant arreisted in the hands of Robert 
Lies all fees, bounty, nolt, sheep, or other goods either due 
by him to Leathane or pasturing on his ground or in his 
custody, Robert Lies compearing deponed he was owing 
to Leathane 10 1. and there were 16 sheep of Leathane's 
pasturing on his ground, but nothing else of his. The 
bailie decerns him to make forthcoming the said 10 1. and 
16 sheep or half-a-crown apiece for them, extending to 
34 1. Scots. 

Melrose, 23 June 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by procurator fiscal against Andrew 
Chisholme, Andrew Merser, Andrew Renneldsone, and 
Walter Dalglish, portioners and sworn men in Darnick, 
narrating that they ' have all withine this twelve moneth 
or therby broken and tealled severall places in the common 
ground of the lands of Darnicke,' each of them thereby 
damnifying the town in 100 1. Scots, which they ought to 
pay, with the fines contained in the Act of Parliament. 
Both parties compearing, and the defenders confessing, 
decerns each to pay 50 1. of fine. 

Same day action by the fiscal and the foresaid persons, 
sworn men in Darnick, against John Uschar, portioner 
there, and William Mosse, weaver there, the former of 
whom ' withine this twelve moneth or therby hes at his 
oune hand without any consent or allowance of the rest 
of his neighbours in Darnicke houked ane seugh throw 
the loaning plaine doune allongs to the burne againe 
quhilk is tua ells deip and more and quhilk endangers the 



10 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

persewars haill bestiall that constantlie pastures therabout 
everie uthir day, so that it is impossible for them to stop 
[? step] it and if they happine to fall into it as in all proba- 
bilitie they cannot escape, they will not nor can not recover 
themselfes and so breake ther neckes ' ; and the said Wil- 
liam Mosse has also at his own hand without consent of 
his neighbours ' cutted the common ground of Darnicke 
lyand at the head of Ma'quarrye and hes houked ane seuch 
westward therfrae to the syke called Coallyears boigne- 
syke, and also hes castine the said syke at his oune hand 
without libertie of the said toune withine the common 
ground.' They have thus by their intrusion damnified 
the town of Darnike in 100 1. each, which they ought to 
pay, and the fines contained in the Act of Parliament, and 
be decerned to refill the seuchs as they were before. Both 
parties compearing, Ushar confessed but alleged that the 
pursuers had done the like, who answered that for what 
they had done they were presently already fined ; and 
Mosse confessed he had ' castine ane seuch about the 
lenth of ane pleugh to turne upon.' Decerns each to pay 
50 1. of fine, but continues the filling up of the seuchs and 
modification of costs till the bailie visit the seuchs. 

Melrose, 30 June 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Mr. James Borthwicke of Stow 
against George Turner, tenant in Colmslie, and Francis 
Scott of Colmslie for his interest, narrating Bond by 
deceased Patrick Scott, writer in Edinburgh, dated 3rd 
and 8th October 1678, corroborating his Bond, 7 March 
1679 [sic] to deceased James Borthwicke of Stow, the 
pursuer's father, for 200 1. Scots, with 40 1. of penalty, 
registered in the Books of Council and Session, 5 February 
1677 ; to which Bond the defunct made the pursuer his 
assignee, and the said Patrick Scott, with the said Francis 
Scott as his cautioner, obliged himself to pay the debt to 
the pursuer, and the Bond of corroboration is registered in 
the said books, 4 August 1679. Thereupon the pursuer 
caused Mark Henderson, messenger in Lauder, on 28 June 
1682, arreist in Turner's hands 1000 merles due by him to 



HERITOR AND TENANT 11 

said Francis Scott for his last Martinmas rent of the lands 
of Colmslie and Whitsunday and Martinmas rent next 
thereafter. Pursuer compearing by John Bunzie his 
procurator and defender by John Hallyday his procurator, 
the defender's procurator craved inspection of the libel, 
and next court day being called and defenders absent, 
held as confessed, so decerns to make forthcoming as 
craved. 

Melrose, 27 June 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by the procurator-fiscal against Robert 
Frier in Gattonside, to make forthcoming 300 merks 
arreisted as due by him to each of Robert Gierke, merchant 
in Gattonside, and John Wright, sometime smith there, 
against the former of whom the pursuer obtained decreet 
for 300 1 and against the latter for 200 merks. Defender 
confessed owing Wright 100 merks by Bond, but had paid 
5 1. Scots thereof, and owed Clerk only 10 1. and could 
depone as to nothing else till accounting, which is allowed ; 
meantime the bailie decerns him to make forthcoming 
61 1. 13 s. 4 d. due to Wright and 10 1. due to Clerk. 

Melrose, 21 July 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Thomas Kyll, wright in Lessudden, 
and the fiscal for his interest, against James Brydden, 
portioner there, narrating that the pursuer was tenant to 
the defender ' thir six yeires bygane of six butts of land 
lyand one the south syde of the toune of Lessudden called 
the Long Croft butts, and haveing reapt the last cropt 
thereof and being in peacable possessioune of the samyne, 
yett the said defender at his owne hand without any 
wairneing usit against the said persewer or decreitt of 
removeing obtained at the defenders instance against the 
persewer theranent betwixt Michaelmes and Mertimes last 
entred to the possessioune of the saids six butts and hes 
pleughed, the samen and refuses to let the persewar be 
reponed to the possessioune therof notwithstanding the 
said persewar never quyte with or gave over the samyne 
to the defender at any tyme.' Pursuer compearing by 



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John Bunzie his procurator and defender by John Hally- 
day his procurator, and the case being called again on 
26th May, 2nd and 9th June, the defender's procurator 
alleged there was no intrusion because the defender was 
heritor of the ground and had set no tack either verbally 
or in writing, nor did the pursuer object against the 
defender at the time of the intrusion ; but the pursuer's 
procurator affirmed that seeing the tenant was seven years 
in unbroken possession, the defender, though heritor, ought 
to have given legal warning or entered only with the pur- 
suer's consent. Decerns Brydden to pay 50 1. Scots of fine 
to the fiscal for the intrusion. 

Melrose, 23 August 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by the procurator-fiscal against Janet 
Meine, widow of Alexander Uschar in Melrose, and George 
Blaikie there, and Andrew Tunno, portioner there, for his 
interest, narrating decreet, 11 August instant, at pursuer's 
instance against Tunno for 200 L, whereupon James Wauch, 
officer, on 21 August instant, arreisted all sums of money 
and goods due by or in the keeping of the said Janet Meine 
and George Blaicke, belonging to the said Andrew Tunno. 
Both parties compearing, Janet Meine confessed ' ane large 
capper [sic] caldron belonging to the said Andro Tunno ' 
in her possession at the time of arreistment, ' but that 
Baillie Faa had caused take it from hir this morneing ' ; 
and George Blaikie confessed he pays to Tunno the third 
and teind of his corn of all sorts growing on the lands 
belonging to Tunno and possessed by him. The bailie 
decerns Janet Meine to make forthcoming the caldron or 
50 1. Scots as the worth thereof, and George Blaikie, to 
deliver the third and teind, or 100 1. Scots as the modified 
worth thereof. 

Melrose, 18 August 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by James Fetter, W.S., against 
George Turner, tenant in Colmislie, and Francis Scott of 
Colmislie for his interest, narrating Bond by the latter to 
the pursuer, dated 2 February last, for 84 1. Scots of borrowed 



PETTER V. TURNER 13 

money, and 20 1. expenses, and registered in Sheriff Court 
Books of Edinburgh, 15 June last ; whereupon WiUiam 
Smith, messenger in Lauder, on 13 August instant, arreisted 
in Turner's hands all debts, rents, and duties owing by him 
to Scott. Pursuer compearing by John Bunyie his pro- 
curator, and defender personally, the latter denied owing 
anything to Scott at time of arrestment but confessed he 
would be liable to him half a year's rent at Martinmas 
next, being 200 merks. The bailie decerns to make this 
forthcoming, superseding execution till Martinmas, and 
allowing Mr. James Borthwicke of Stow, who has obtained 
the first decreet of forthcoming against the defender, to be 
first paid. 

Melrose, 13 October 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by the procurator-fiscal against Robert 
Fairnebairne, tenant to David Denholme, portioner of Rid- 
peth, and the said David Denholme for his interest, narrating 
decreet, 3 May 1682, at pursuer's instance against Denholme 
for 100 1. Scots, whereupon James Wauch, officer, on 
12 October instant arreisted in Fairbairn's hands 24 bolls 
of ferme bear and all other duties and sums of money rest- 
ing by him to Denholme. Parties compearing, the de- 
fender confessed that he pays 19 bolls of ferme yearly 
for his lands, between Yule and Candlemas. Decerns to 
make forthcoming the said 19 bolls now in his hands. 

Melrose, 20 October 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by the procurator-fiscal against 
Andrew Fischer of Wester Housebyres, and William Ker 
of Broadwoodsheill for his interest, narrating decreet on 
. . . August last at pursuer's instance against said William 
Ker and Elizabeth Fischer his spouse for 200 1. Scots of 
fine imposed on him for his wife's irregularities, whereupon 
James Wauch, officer, on 15 October instant arreisted in 
Fisher's hands 500 merks due by him to Ker. Defenders 
absent, held as confessed, and decerns to make forthcoming 
the sum of 200 1. charged for. 



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Melrose, 3 November 1683 ; James Dowglasse, bailie- 
depute to George Pringle of Blindlie. 

Which day action by Mr. John Hepburne, minister at 
Ersiltoune, against Robert Patersone, tenant in Craigs- 
fuird, narrating that Mr. James Daes of Coldingknowes' 
lands of Coldingknowes and Coldingknowesbyres and his 
lands of Craigsfuird are liable in payment to the parson 
of Ersiltoune 36 1. Scots, and the vicarage teinds are due 
to the pursuer for the last five years ; and whereas the said 
Robert Patersone has been tenant to him in Colding- 
knowesbyres for the said five years and is presently tenant 
to him in Craigsfuird, and is resting to Daes for rent 
much more than the said 151. sterling due to the pursuer, 
yet he refuses to make the same forthcoming. Pursuer 
compearing by Archibald Frier his procurator, and de- 
fender personally, it was referred to defender's oath, who 
refused to depone, so decerns to make forthcoming 180 1. 
due of vicarage teinds for said 5 years, and also yearly in 
time coming during his tack of the said lands the said 
yearly duty of 36 1. Modifies 20 1. expenses of plea. 

Same day action by James Mosse, elder, mealmaker in 
Ridpeth, against Andrew Merser, ' Wynd,' in Darnicke, 
for 34 1. Scots as the price of 2| bolls and a peck of oatmeal 
bought from the pursuer at Whitsunday last, to be paid 
at Midsummer. Pursuer compearing by James Mosse, 
younger, his son, and defender personally, the latter 
denied receiving any meal but one boll, but being given a 
day to prove this he absented himself; so decerns as 
craved, with 5 1. expenses of plea. 

Melrose, 1 December 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by said James Mosse against Mary 
Tunno, widow of Charles Watsone, portioner of Ridpeth, 
ior 21 1. 10 s. due by defunct to him for a boll of oatmeal 
and 30 threaves of oat straw bought about four years ago, 
and half-a-crown of money borrowed at that time, and 
100 merks of principal with 10 1. of penalty due by defunct's 
bond to him, 12 June 1680. Pursuer compearing by James 



FRATTER v. CAIRNECROCE 15 

Mosse, younger, his son, but defender absent, held as con- 
fessed, and decerns for the sums craved ; with 12 1. [?] 
expenses. 

Melrose, 5 January 1684 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by James Cairncroce in Herriot toune 
against George Turner in Colmislie, Thomas Hardie and 
William Davidsone, tenants in Over Langshaw, and Francis 
Scott of Langshaw for his interest, narrating Bond, 12 Feb- 
ruary 1677, by Scott to the pursuer for 70 1., with 10 merks 
of penalty, registered in regality books on 9 June last, 
with decreet upon which James Wauch, officer, arreisted 
on 17 June last in the hands of each of the defenders 
100 1. Scots due by each of them to Scott. Pursuer com- 
pearing by John Bunyie his procurator, and defenders all 
absent, decerns as craved. 

Melrose, 19 January 1684 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by John Fratter, portioner of Lang- 
haughe, against Barbara Cairnecroce, widow of Mr. William 
Duguid, portioner there, narrating that the pursuer stands 
infeft ' in all and haill these parts and portiones of the 
lands of Appletreeleaves and Langhaughe lying beneath 
the high streitt that lyes east and west betwixt Ladup- 
burne and Dryburne,' with houses, yards, meadows, 
pasturage and whole pertinents, as the same have been 
possessed by William Wilsone and his tenants ' and dis- 
poned be [? to] him be George Bell in Ridpeth,' the pur- 
suer's sasine produced being dated . . . October 1659 ; 
and he caused James Wallace, son of George Wallace in 
Melrose, execute precept of warning against said Barbara 
Cairncroce to remove from these houses and yards in Lang- 
haughe presently possessed by her and William Wilsone 
her tenant ; but she refuses. Pursuer compearing by 
himself and Archibald Frier his procurator, and the 
defender ' compearing also personallie by Johne Bunzie 
hir procurator,' the latter's procurator on 27 October craved 
a double of the libel, and found Elizabeth Duguid, second 
lawful daughter of said Barbara, cautioner for the violent 



16 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

profits ; and the case being called on 3, 10, 17 and 24 
November 1683 and defences and answers heard and con- 
sidered, the bailie on 1 December ordained the pursuer to 
prove that the houses and yards libelled are a proper part 
and pertinent of the subjects in his sasine, who on 8 Decem- 
ber opponed a contract of division of the said lands of 
Appletreeleaves and Langhaughe now lying in the clerk's 
hands for the bailie to advise, and on 2 January 1684 
adduced the following witnesses to prove that the subjects 
libelled are part of the middle third of Appletreeleaves and 
Longhaugh, viz. William Wilsone, elder, weaver in Lang- 
haughe, married, aged 70, who deponed positively as 
above ; William Wilsone, younger, his son, married, aged 
33, who deponed the same ; John Pringle there, married, 
aged 40, who deponed ' that he knowes that the houses 
and yairds lybellit belonged to the deceast John Fratter 
called Lyken and that he tooke and possessit one of them 
frae him for a yeir ' ; James Wilsone in Galashiels, married, 
aged 50, deponed ' ut supra ' ; Archibald Wilsone there, 
married, aged 40, deponed ' that he knew that the houses 
lybellit belonged to the said deceast Lyken and that he sett 
them allwayes and uplifted the mailles and dewties of 
them.' These the bailie finds prove that the subjects are 
part of the said ' Midlethrid,' and so decerns the defender 
to remove. 

Same day action by William Cuicke, merchant in Mel- 
rose, against Walter Ker, merchant there, who about 
Martinmas last bought from the pursuer 19 stone 9 lb. 
weight of iron and promised to pay 32 s. Scots per stone 
therefor on the Saturday after Martinmas, otherwise 34 s. 
per stone, and gave the pursuer four rix dollars of earnest ; 
and seeing he has broken the first condition, he owes him 
(deducting the dollars) 21 1. 13 s. 4 d. Both parties com- 
pearing [the defender evidently objected that he was not 
duly summoned, but John Leitheid, officer, answered that 
he summoned him to two diets, and this was the second], 
the defender confessed receipt of the whole of the iron 
except 4 lb., which the pursuer having referred to his oath 



KYLL t;. HIETTOUNE 17 

he deferred to the pursuer, who deponed conform to his 
claim ; so decerns the defender to pay the balance craved, 
with 3 1. expenses. 

Melrose, 2 February 1684 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Thomas Kyll, wright in Lessudden, 
tutor testamentar to James Hunter, heir male and nearest 
of kin to deceased Thomas Hunter, portioner of Lessudden, 
against Andrew Hiettoune in Lessudden, to whom the 
pursuer about four years ago set in tack ' thrie quarters 
of these lands in Lessudden quhilk pertained to the said 
umquhill Thomas Hunter,' for payment of 9 bolls of ferme 
bear yearly, with all teind duties ; and accordingly the 
defender paid to the said tutor the whole yearly duties 
except last crop and year 1683, which he refuses to pay. 
Parties compearing, the defender denied taking any land 
from the pursuer, who referred it to defender's oath, who 
refused to depone ' and said he wes content to make pay- 
ment of the ferme,' and the pursuer deponed conform to 
the claim ; so decerns the defender to pay 9 bolls of ferme 
bear for crop 1683, or 5 1. for each boll thereof, with 5 1. 
expenses. 

Melrose, 23 February 1684 ; James Dowglasse, bailie- 
depute 

Which day action by Thomas Pringle in Laidlawsteall 
against James Merser, portioner of Newstead, to whom 
about three years ago last Martinmas the pursuer set in 
tack 4 acres of land ' with that peice of pendicle land called 
Plumbars land in Newstead ' which belonged to James 
Meine in Laidlawsteall, father-in-law to the pursuer, for 
yearly payment of 11 firlots of ferme bear for the 4 acres 
and 50 s. yearly for the Plumbars land ; and accordingly 
the defender is resting to the pursuer ' thrie yeires ferme 
bear bygane of the saids four aikef s of land, and six [sic] 
yeires maill and dewtie of Plumbars land, the first yeires 
. ferme being at six punds the boll conforme to that yeires 
fiar of the yeir, and the second yeires ferme at ten punds 
money forsaid the boll, and the thrid and last yeires cropt 

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and ferme at uthir six punds the boll, quhilkes thrie yeires 
fermes are eight bolls of bear and a furlott at the respective 
pryces forsaids with six fyftie shillings does extend to the 
soume of seventie tyve punds ten shilling Scotts money ' ; 
and as the defender also promised to pay to the Earl of 
Haddington or his factors the whole feu and teind duties, 
kayne and carriage due yearly from the said lands, he 
ought to report discharges thereof to the pursuer or make 
payment of the dues to him. Pursuer compearing, with 
Robert Leadhouse his procurator, and defender com- 
pearing, with John Bunyie his procurator, the latter, on 
8 December 1683, denied the ferme bear but confessed that 
the defender possessed the land for the years libelled, and 
acknowledged the 50 s. yearly for Plumbars land, but 
denied undertaking to pay duty to the earl ; on 15 Decem- 
ber pursuer was to adduce witnesses but craved another 
diet, and the case being called on 2 February and 9 Feb- 
ruary and 16 February the bailie this day circumduced the 
terms of probation against the pursuer, who had adduced 
no witnesses, and absolved the defender, reserving action 
to the pursuer against the defender for the accustomed 
silver maill and duty of the lands and for reporting dis- 
charges as above, and ordains him to reform his libel for 
that effect. 

Melrose, 1 March 1684 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Francis Scott of Langshaw against 
Walter Cairncroce of Allanshawes, narrating that the pur- 
suer upon a precept of arreistment against James Mer- 
toune, late tenant in Allanshawes, caused James Wauch, 
officer, arreist in Cairncroce's hands all corn, oats and bear, 
corn and straw, growing and standing upon the ground of 
Allanshaws and pertaining to said James Mertoune, until 
the said James should find caution to answer the pursuer 
as law will, he being addebted to the pursuer in 6 firlots 
of shealling with a boll of knaveship bear meal for the 
double multures and knaveship of 40 bolls of oats ab- 
stracted from the pursuer's mill of Langshaw, ' extending 
tua bolls and a halfe of oattmeall at eight punds the boll, 



POrNDING A COW 19 

inde twentie punds Scotts money.' The pursuer com- 
pearing by John Bunyie his procurator, and defender 
being absent, he is held as confessed, and decerned to make 
forthcoming the said 20 L, superseding extract for eight 
days ; and the case being called on 8 April, the bailie 
ordains the decreet to be extracted. 

Melrose, 29 March 1684 ; James Dowglasse, bailie depute 

Which day action by George Hamiltoune, tailor in the 
Park in Liddesdaill, against Thomas Merser, tenant in 
Appletreeleaves, and William Wilsone, younger, litster in 
Langhaughe, and Barbara Cairncroce, widow of Mr. 
William Duguid, portioner of Appletreeleaves, for her 
interest, narrating Bond by said Barbara Cairncroce and 
Barbara Duguid her daughter, to Marion Hamilton, 
widow of William Herriot in Uggstone, for 100 merks of 
principal, and 12 1. penalty, registered in Books of Council 
and Session, 21 September 1682, and Assignation by said 
Marion Hamilton to the pursuer, and letters of horning 
whereupon Andrew Phaupe, messenger, arreisted in the 
hands of the defenders 100 1. Scots due by each of them 
to said Barbara. Pursuer compearing by John Bunyie 
his procurator, and William Wilsone, one of the defenders 
compearing, but none of the others, Wilson confessed 
only 7 1. 10 s. for half a year's rent and duty of the houses 
and yards possessed by him ; which the bailie decerns 
him to make forthcoming, and decerns the rest to pay the 
sum of 100 1. arreisted. 

Melrose, 29 April 1684 ; James Dowglasse, bailie depute 

Which day action by James Wauch in Melrose against 
Helen Wallace, widow of Andrew Patersone, weaver in 
Danzieltoune, for 40 1. Scots as the price of ' ane kow with 
hir first calfe ' wrongfully intromitted with by her about 
eight years ago, and 20 1. of damage to him ' throw the 
want of hir milk and the product of hir broad.' Pursuer 
compearing personally, and defender by John Bunzie her 
procurator, the latter on 16 February gave in defences, 
alleging that the defender's intromission was just, as it 



20 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

proceeded upon a registered submission and decreet arbitral 
between her and the pursuer for a certain debt owing by 
him to her and a registered comprising following thereupon ; 
and the case being called on 23 February and 1 March, 
and avisandum craved, the bailie on 22 March ordained 
the defender to instruct in writing how she legally poinded 
the cow, who on 29 March produced a precept of poinding 
with executions and an apprising ; and on 5 April the 
precept of poinding was given back to George Blaickie in 
Melrose, ' who gave the samen at first to be producit ' ; 
and this day the bailie finds that the defender legally 
poinded the cow, so absolves her from the whole claim, 

Melrose, 5 April 1684 ; ^ James Douglasse 

Which day action by John Fratter, portioner of Lang- 
haughe, against Barbara Cairncroce, widow of Mr. William 
Duguid, portioner of Appletreeleaves, narrating that 
pursuer obtained decreet, 19 January last, against her to 
remove from these houses and yards in Langhaughe 
presently possessed by her and William Wilsone, younger, 
litster there, her cottar, but she still refuses, so a decreet 
of eviction is craved. Pursuer compeared by John 
Bunzie his procurator, and defender being absent, the 
bailie ordains her to be ejected and the pursuer to be 
put in possession, 

Melrose, 10 May 1683 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by Alexander Ogilvye, one of the 
gentlemen of the Laird of Meldrum's troop, against 
Walter Ker, merchant in Melrose, who is addebted to 
Charles Whytte, merchant in the Panns, in 33 1. 10 s. as 
the balance of price of merchandise bought about 2 years 
ago, who assigned on 10 April last and gave power to the 
pursuer to uplift the debt. Pursuer compearing by John 
Bunyie his procurator, produced the fitted account and 
factory written at the end thereof; and defender being 
absent is held as confessed, and ordained to pay the sum 
craved, with 4 1, expenses. 

^ The remaining decreets observe no chronological order. 



DISCHARGE— CAIRNECROCE TO WILSONE 21 

Melrose, 14 October 1682 ; George Pringle 

Which day action by George Ogilvie, procurator fiscal 
to the justices of peace of Roxburgh, etc., against John 
Rodger, writer in Edinburgh, and Robert Bunyie, mason 
in Newstead, for his interest, relating his decreet, 29 
April last, against Bunyie and John Hunter, cordiner in 
Melrose, for his interest, for 300 merks as part of 800 
merks {See No. 5 supra), whereupon Robert Whytte, 
officer, on 7 October instant, arreisted in the defender's 
hands 300 1. due by him to Bunyie. Pursuer compearing 
by Archibald Frier his procurator, and John Rodger 
compearing, but Bunyie absent, and Rodger refusing to 
depone what he owed, is decerned to make forthcoming 
the said 300 1. 

Same day action by John Lithgow in Melrose against 
Charles Watsone and Alexander Andersone in Ridpeth, 
and John Andersone there for his interest, narrating Bond, 
18 April 1681, by said John Anderson to the pursuer for 
120 1. Scots, with 10 1. of penalty, registered 30 July 
1681 and decreet interponed, whereupon Francis Pringle, 
officer, on 13 October instant arreisted in the hands of 
said defenders 16 bolls of bear due by them to said John 
Anderson, to be furthcoming by them or 10 merks for 
each undelivered boll. Defenders absent, decerns as 
craved. 

[The three following entries are from a loose leaf] : — 

Melrose, . . . day of . . ., 1682, in presence of George 
Pringle of Blindlie, bailie of the regality of Melrose, com- 
peared Archibald Frier, procurator for Barbara Cairne- 
croce, widow of Mr. William Duguid, minister at Dolphing- 
toune, and gave in for registration a Discharge by her to 
William Wilsone, litster in Langhaughe, for 151. Scots 
as a year's rent (Whitsunday last to Whitsunday next, 
1681) of a dwelling house ' high and laich and worke- 
house ' in Langhaughe liferented by her ; and she, with 
Andrew Moffatt in Appletreeleaves as cautioner, obliges 



22 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

herself to warrant the same and cause mend the houses 
and make them wind and water tight before 1st May next 
under a penalty of 10 merks. The Discharge is written 
by John Kirkwood, notary in Galashiels, and dated at 
Galashiels, 22 December 1680 ; witnesses, the said John 
Kirkwood, and James Deans in Langhaugh. 

Melrose, 12 July 1682, registration of Bond by George 
Bertoune, portioner of Gattounsyde, to Adam Urquhart 
of Meldrume for 50 1. of borrowed money, to be repaid to 
his heirs or assignees (excluding executors) by 1st January 
next, or 10 merks of penalty, and interest. The bond 
is dated . . . 1681 [illegible], witnesses being Andrew 
Kennedye, officer in Melrose and James Wilkiesone. 

Melrose, 12 July 1682, registration of Bond by Thomas 
Mathiesone, cooper in Gattonside, and John Hogg, weaver 
in Melrose, to Adam Urquhart of Meldrum for 100 1. Scots, 
to be paid to his heirs, executors or assignees, by a certain 
date under a penalty. The bond is written by John 
Lithgow, clerk to the regality of Melrose, and dated at 
Melrose, 6 May 1682 ; witnesses, George Pringle of 
Blindlie, and said John Lithgow. 

' Enrollments of the Regallitie Court of Melrose, with 
ane particula:r list of the haill irregular persones 
and delinquents names conveined and fyned be 
George Pringle of Blindlie, baillie of the said 
regallitie, frae the 4th day of March 1682 to the 
thrid day of May 1684 yeires. 

' Complaines Archbald Frier, procurator fiscall of the 
regallitie of Melrose, upon James Fischer, portioner of 
Blainslies, James Greives, elder and younger ther, James 
Rollmainehouse ther, Johne Wallace, smith ther, Allexander 
Dicksone, merchant ther, Thomas Darling ther, William 
Turner, tayllyeor ther, Thomas Turner ther, William Ker 
of Broadwoodsheill, Johne and George RoUmainehouses 
in Blainslies, William Spotswood, tayllyeor there, Robert 



' IRREGULAR PERSONES ' 23 

Wreight, smith in Langshaw, Mr. George Urqhuart in 

Buckholme, AUexander Young, servitor ther, 

Guairdiner ther, James Rodger, cordiner in Ridpeth, 
James Mosse ther, James Jacke ther, Andro Chisholme, 
herd ther, Johne Thomsone, meassone ther, William Bell 
ther, William Broune, merchant ther, Johne Eidingtoune 
ther, Thomas Mathiesone in Gattounsyde, James Marr 
and Alisone Hog his spous ther, William Wreight, elder 
and younger, ther, Robert Clarke, merchant ther, Jenet 
Halljrwall, " Lady," ther, Johne Hoy ther, Thomas 
Boustone, sone to Thomas Bowstoune ther, Andro Hally- 
wall, donator, Johne Bertoune ther, Robert Mertoune 
ther, Thomas Hallywall ther, Johne Hallywall his sone,. 

Johne Hallywall, " Croce," and Hallywalls, his tua 

dawghters, Andro Turnbull in Brigend, and his wyffe, 

Andro Baillie ther, Turnbulls, sisters to the said 

Andro Turnbull, Walter Vair, weavir in Darnicke, Johne 
Dalglish, ther, and Jenet Drover his spous, James Cochran, 
tayllyeor, and Anna Cochran, his goodsister, William 

Griersone, weavir ther, and Griersones, his tua 

dawghters, Johne Luckup in Melrose, Isobel Luckup his 
sister, Johne Bell, younger, ther, Andro Tunno ther, 
Margratt, Dinah and Jenet Tunnoes his daughters, Johne 
Hog, weavir ther, Isobell Fratter ther, Peter Donnaldsone 
ther, James Blackie ther, Isobel Blackie his sister, George 
Blackie, tayllyeor, his brother, and Margarett Nicoll, 
ther mother, Mally Sclaitter ther, James Wallace, merchant 

ther, Taite, servitrix to Adam Lithgow^, Walter 

Donnaldsone ther, Isobell Luckup, elder ther, Margrat 
Lithgow, widdow ther, Thomas Bunyie, merchant ther. 
William Andersone, merchant ther, and Jenet Patersone 
his spous, Johne Hunter, cordiner ther, and Elizabeth 

Broune his spous, Mertoune, his servitrix, Margrat 

Billies, spous to William Laying, wreight, James Meine, 
" Byres," in Newsteid, — — ■ Bunyie his spous, and haill 
childreine, Robert Riddell ther, Robert Maebone ther, 
and his wyffe, Johne Meine, skinner ther, and his wyffe, 
Johne Meine, " Tounheid," and his wyffe, William Meine, 
smith ther, and Agnes Phillip his spous, Robert Forsan. 



24 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

miller ther, James Forsan his sone and Forsan his 

daughter, Andro Wilsone and his wyffe, Johne Hiettoune 
in Eildoune, William Sibbald ther and his wyffe, Johne 
and Andro Riddells in Newtoune and ther wyffes, Thomas- 

Stenhouse ther, and Myllne his spous, Thomas 

Myllne, smith ther, Johne Myllne, younger, ther, NicoU 
Cochran ther, William Myllne ther, William Eceles ther, 
and his wyffe, Andro Hiettoune ther and his wyffe, Johne 
Gill, miller ther, and his wyffe, Thomas Hoy, smith in 

Lessudden, Thomas Hoy his sone, and Kyll, spous 

to the said Thomas Hoy, elder, Andro Unas ther, Walter 
Pattoune ther, Johne Pattone " Eastir " ther, James 
Eastone ther, James Patersone in Dannieltone, his wyffe 
and man, Thomas Drummond and his wyffe, William 
Gill, weavir ther, and his wyffe, Thomas Mertoune, 
taillyieor ther, and his wyffe, and William Aitchiesone in 
Sorrowlesfield and his wyffe,' who have transgressed the 
Acts of Parliament forbidding the frequenting of house 
and field conventicles, and keeping disorderly baptisms 
and marriages, and withdrawing from their own parish 
churches, and have so absented themselves for the last 
four years since the Act of Indemnity ; for which they 
ought to be fined conform to these Acts contravened. 

Melrose, 11 March 1682 

James Robsone, weaver in Ridpeth, present, asserted 
he was first summoned by Bailie Faa's officer and fined 
before his baron court ; which the bailie repelled, and fined 
him again for his delinquencies. 

William Aitchiesone, herd in Sorrowlesfield, absent, 
fined 50 1. ' of contumacie.' 

John Dippo in Craigsfuird, absent, fined 50 1. for con- 
tumacy. 

William Purves, his servitor, absent, fined as above. 

John Sheill, weaver, absent, fined as above. 

John Dawsone, herd there, absent, fined as above. 

John Dawsone, elder, absent, fined as above. 



FINES FOR CONTUMACY 25 

Melrose, 15 April 1682 

Anthony Mosse, servitor to William Fischer in Sorrow- 
lesfield, absent ; Andrew BuUman and William Sweitt, 
tenants in Maxpople, absent ; the bailie holds them as 
confessed and fines them conform to the Act of Parliament. 

James Mair in Gattounside, present, offers to produce 
minister's certificate that he is orderly ; next court day 
assigned to produce the same, and that Alison Hog his 
spouse kept the kirk since Act of Indemnity. 

Melrose, 22 April 1682 

John Hoy in Gattonside confesses he has been three 
Sabbath days out of his parish church, but asserts he has 
been already fined by the baron bailie ; the bailie fines him 
conform to Act of Parliament, as he refused to depone. 

John Hallywall ' Croce ' denies all, but confesses that 
Margaret Hallywall his daughter is not orderly ; fined 
conform to the Act. 

George Bertoune denies, and is assoilzied. 

Andrew Hallywall, donator, alleged he was fined already 
by the baron bailie ; fined again. 

Robert Wreight in Langshawmill, absent, fined 50 1. for 
contumacy. 

Janet Hallywall in Gattonside, absent, fined 20 1. for 
contumacy. 

George Hoy there, absent, fined 10 1. for contumacy. 

William Wreight, smith there, absent, fined 20 1. for 
contumacy. 

John Wallace, smith in Blainslie, James Fischer there, 
Thomas Darling there, William Turner there, William Ker 
of Broadwoodsheill, George Rollmainehouse and William 
Spotswood there, all absent, fined 20 1. each for con- 
tumacy, and to be summarily poinded. 

John Rollmainehouse in Blainslie, present, confesses 
withdrawal from parish church since Martinmas last ; fined 
conform to the Act. 

Margaret Turner, widow of John Thinne in Blainslie, 



26 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

alleges Mr. David Foster's testiftcate that she kept the 
kirk ; ordained to produce same. 

James Scott in Colmislie, absent, fined 50 1. 

Broune there and Barrie, servitors there, both 

absent, fined 50 1. ; and Alexander Bruntoune, servitor 
there, absent, fined 50 1. 

Melrose, 29 April 1682 

George Maine, weaver in Newsteid," and his wife, both 
absent ; Andrew Wilsone and his wife, denied, and says 
he is orderly ; assoilzied ; John Meine, skinner, and his 
wife, absent ; William Meine, smith, and his wife, attested 
orderly ' and past ' ; Andrew Meine, elder, and his wife, 
produced a letter from Ancrum that he is orderly ; assoil- 
zied ; Alexander Meine, his son, absent ; Robert Riddell 
and his wife, absent ; Robert Maebone and his wife, 
absent ; Robert Forsan and his daughter, absent ; James 
Meine, ' called Byres,' and his wife, absent ; Thomas 
Drummond and his wife, attested orderly, assoilzied ; 
Helen Wallace, widow in Danzieltone, absent ; William 
Gill, weaver there, and his wife, confessed ' they did not 
keep the kirke ' ; James Young his man absent ; James 
Patersone his wife and servants absent ; Thomas Mertone, 
tailor, and his wife, confessed. The bailie fines each of 
the absents in 20 1. for contumacy, assoilzies those orderly, 
and fines Gill and his wife and Mertone and his wife con- 
form to the Act of Parliament. 

Melrose, 31 May 1682 

George Turner in ColmsliehUl, deponed negative, as- 
soilzied. 

John Taite, his herd, absent, and excused. 

Thomas Hardie in Overlangshaw, deponed negative, 
assoilzied. 

William Davidsone, tenant there, ditto. 

Robert Weathirstanes, attested orderly, assoilzied. 

James Friergreive in Laerittmoore absent, fined 50 1. 

James Scott, herd in Colmslie, absent, fined 50 1. 



DELINQUENTS FINED AGAIN 27 

James Forsyth,, tenant there, refused to depone, held as 
confessed, and fined conform to the Act. 

Robert Hilsone, tenant in Calfehill, attested orderly, 
assoilzied. 

James Symingtoune, his herd, refused to depone, fined 
according to the Act. 

John Lithgow of Newhouses, attested orderly, assoilzied. 

Archibald Moffatt in Threipwood, absent, fined 50 1. 

Michael Pearsone, herd in WUliamlaw, attested orderly, 
assoilzied. 

John Symmontoune, herd in Buclcholme, attested 
orderly himself, but confessed that Margaret Law his 
spouse did not keep the kirk ; fined therefor conform to 
the Act, and ordained ' to speake with the baillie eftir the 
court.' 

Hugh Wilsone in Langhaughe, refused to depone, fined 
conform to the Act. 

Robert Wilsone, his brother, confessed withdrawing 
and came in will. 

George Fratter, son of John Fratter, absent, fined con- 
form to the Act of Parliament. 

Melrose, 3 June 1682 

Which day the whole delinquents contained in the first 
roll and fined by the bailie on 25 March last were com- 
plained upon again by the procurator-fiscal, and all being 
absent, were held as confessed, and fined conform to the 
Act of Parliament, and the bailie interpones his authority 
to his former decreets and ordains precepts to be issued for 
the fines. 

Melrose, 24 June 1682 

James Robson, weaver in Ridpeth, absent, held as 
confessed. 

David Denholme, portioner there, absent, fined 50 1. for 
contumacy. 

Jean SheUl his mother and Denholme his sister, 

absent, fined 50 1. 

James Rodger, cordiner there, absent, fined 50 1. 



28 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

William Broune there, absent, fined 50 1. 
John Thomsone there, absent, fined 50 1. 
Janet Turner, widow there, absent, fined 50 1. 

Melrose, 1 July 1682 

John Luckup in Melrose, Isobel Luckup, younger, there, 
Elizabeth Law, wife of Andrew Luckup, John Bell, younger, 
there, Andrew Tunno there and his daughters, Isobel 
Fratter, Peter Donnaldsone there, Katherine Donnald- 
sone his sister there, Mally Sclaitter there, Walter Donnald- 
sone there, Isobel Luckup, elder, there, Isobel Coocke 
there, John Hunter, cordiner, and his wife, William 
Andersone and his wife, Isobel Blaickie, George Blaickie, 
tailor there, Margaret Eillies, wife of William Laying, 
Thomas Law there and his daughter, James Patersone in 
Danyieltoun, his wife and servants, William Gill there, 
his wife and servants, Helen Wallace, widow of Andrew 
Patersone, weaver there, Walter Vair in Darnick, John 
Dalglishe there, and their wives, William Griersone there 
and his two daughters, James Cochran there and his wife, 
Anna Cochran his sister, Andrew TurnbuU in Brigend, 
John Mertoune, tailor there, James Meine, ' Byres,' in 
Newsteid, Robert Riddell there and his wife, George Meine, 
weaver, and his wife, John Meine, glover, and his wife, 
Alexander Meine, mason, younger, and his wife, Thomas 
Stenhouse in Newtoune and his wife, Nicol Cochran there 
and his wife, John Myllne, younger, there, and his wife, 
Thomas Myllne, smith there, and his wife, Thomas Hoy, 

smith in Lessudden, and Hoy his son, James Young, 

weaver there, Margaret Ballantyne his spouse ; James 
Rodger in Ridpeth, David Denholme there, Jean Sheill 
his mother, Jean Denholme his sister, Janet Turner, widow 
there, William Broune, merchant there, Agnes MacDowgall, 
servitor to David Denholme, Thomas Litle in Blainslies, 
' confesses he wes at a meitting in James Fischers house, 
and come in the baillies will therfore ' ; Thomas Darling 
confessed the same meeting and came in will ; William 
Broune and William Sweit confessed the same meeting. 
The bailie fines the persons compearing according to their 



FREQUENTING CONVENTICLES 29 

confessions, and holds the whole absents as confessed and 
fines them conform to the Act of Parliament. 

Melrose, 8 July 1682 

Archibald Moffatt in Ouplaw, asserted he was orderly 
since he was last fined ; passed. 

John Patersone in Threipwood, attested orderly ; as- 
soilzied. 

William Lawder in Blainslie, ' confesses the conventicle 
keept in James Fischers house, and refuses to depone for 
quhat ells, and comes in will therfore.' 

Robert Sheill there, confessed the same and comes in 
will. 

John Darling, younger, there, confessed said house 
conventicle. 

William Davidsone there, deponed negative ; assoilzied. 

John Moffatt there, confessed James Fischar's con- 
venticle, and comes in will. 

The bailie fines Lauder, Sheill, Darling, and John Moffatt 
conform to the Act, and assoilzies Archibald Moffatt, 
Patersone and Davidsone. 

Melrose, 29 July 1682 

John Stirling in Blainslie refused to depone, and came 
in will ; fined conform to Act of Parliament. 

Margaret Turner, widow there, ditto. 

George RoUmainehouse, ' Dukedub,' ditto. 

Robert Swanstoune, ditto. 

Thomas Darling, younger, ditto. 

William Broune there, ditto. 

George Moffatt there, confessed two conventicles ; fined 
conform to the Act of Parliament. 

Peter Moffatt in Threipwood, refused to depone ; fined 
as above. 

Archibald Moffatt in Ouplaw, confessed a meeting in 
Ouplawslack ; fined as above. 

James Forsyth in Colmslie, allowed to prove the minister 
of Stow's certificate that he is orderly. 



30 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Alexander Scott, weaver in Blainslie, and James Darling 
there, depone negative ; assoilzied. 

James Fischer and his wife there, Elspeth Luckup, 
their servitrix, John Dawsone, younger, in Craigsfuird, 
and his wife, William Davidsone in Blainslie, John Foord 
in Threipwood, William Notman there, and Andrew 
Notman there, all absent ; all fined 50 1. each for 
contumacy. 

Melrose, 12 August 1682 

Hugh Wilsone, wright in Langhaughe, Robert Wilsone, 
Wright there, his brother, Andrew TurnbuU in Brigand, 
John Mertoune, tailor there, all absent, and each fined 
50 1. for contumacy, and to be summarily poinded. 

19 August 1682 

Richard Lies in Hagburne, absent, fined 20 1. for con- 
tumacy and ordained to be summarily poinded therefore 
and to be summoned against the next court under the 
pain of 50 1. 

James Turner in Roan of Blainslie, absent ; the bailie 
gives him this day eight days to advise with his oath, and 
to compear then and bring in his wife with him to depone, 
under pain of 40 1. 

Melrose, 26 August 1682 

Francis Scott of Colmislie ' compeared personallie for 
his spous and tua gooddawghters, who declaired that in 
obedience to ther summonds they were come to the toune. 
The baillie continewes them till eftir the court he get 
tyme to examine them.' 

James RoUmainehouse in Blainslie, deponed negative ; 
assoilzied. 

Alexander Scott, weaver there, convened for reset 
of William Spotswood, fugitive ; denied all ; next court 
day assigned to the fiscal to prove reset. 

John Fratter in Langhaughe compeared for George 
Fratter his son and confessed that his son did not 
keep the kirk ' and he could not force him to doe it ' ; 



SUNDAY CASES 31 

continued to Wednesday next, and ordained to attend 
then. 

James Corser in Bentmyllne, ' present and sayes he is 
regular and denyes, and attested to be orderlie by Francis 
Scott of Colmislie, quherupon the baillie passes him.' 

George Dalghshe, herd there, ' confesses he wes fyned 
the last yeir by the Laird of the Stow, but refused to 
depone and come in will, and Robert Lies cautione for 
him to present him eftir the court.' 

James Turner in Roan and Agnes Broune his wife, 
denied all ; the bailie continues them ' untill he trye 
furder anent ther cariadges.' 

George Lies, servitor to Robert Lies in Whitlaw, refused 
to swear and comes in will ; the said Robert became 
cautioner to present him after the court. 

Richard Lies, herd there, refused, etc., as above. 
Thomas Merser, servitor to said Robert Lies, ditto. George 
Hallyday, servitor to Robert Lies, absent, fined 20 1. for 
contumacy. 

Melrose, 2 September 1682 

George Hallyday, servitor to Robert Lies, absent, held 
as confessed, fined conform to the Act, and ordains arreist- 
ment to be laid in his master's hands ' to arreist quhat 
goods he hes or quhat fies he is aughting to him.' 

James Forsyth, tenant in Columslie, and his wife, 
absent, thrice called, held as confessed, fined conform 
to Act of Parliament. 

James Laidlaw, servitor to Robert Hilsone in Calfehill, 
declared he is orderly, and offered to depone, ' quherupon 
the baillie past him.' 

Michael Hendrie, servitor to said Robert Hilsone, con- 
fessed a conventicle at Threipwood, ' and refused to 
depone for any more, and came in will ' ; said Robert 
Hilsone being cautioner to present him after the court. 

Thomas Stewart in Langshawmill, refused to depone 
and confessed he had been at several conventicles, ' but 
remembred not how many wes of them,' and came in the 
baihe's will therefor. 



32 MELEOSE REGALITY RECORDS 

James Rollmainehouse in Blainslie, ' present and to 
be reexamined upon his oath formerlie given desyred to 
speake with the baiUie eftir the court, quhilk wes grantit,' 

John Bell, weaver in Melrose, present for John Bell, 
younger, his son, ' deelaired he had done quhat he could 
to perswade his sone to come to the kirke but could not 
prevaill.' 

John Luckup in Melrose, Isobel Luckup there, John 
Bell, younger, there, Andrew Tunno there, Margaret, 
Dinah, and Janet Tunno, his daughters, Isobel Fratter, 
Peter Donaldsone there, Katherine Donaldsone his sister, 

James Wallace, merchant, Maly Sclaitter there, Taite, 

servitor to Adam Lithgow, William Andersone and Janet 
Patersone his spouse, Walter Donnaldsone, Isobel Luckup, 
elder, Isobel Cooke, Margaret Lithgow, widow, John 
Hunter, cordiner, and Elizabeth Broune his spouse, 
Margaret Nicoll, James Blacke, George and Isobel Blaickes 
his children, Margaret Eillies ' spous William Laying,' 
Thomas Law and Christian and Elizabeth Law his two 
daughters, all in Melrose and all absent. The ba,ilie holds 
all the absentees confessed and fines them conform to the 
Act, and also fines John Bell for his son, and Michael 
Hendrie and Thomas Stewart according to their confessions. 

Archibald Frier, procurator fiscal, accuses Alexander 
Scott in Blainslie of contravening certain Acts of Parlia- 
ment by having within a year past daily reset, supplied, 
conversed with and favoured William Spotswood in 
Blainslie, ' ane deelaired rebell and fugitive and who wes 
allwayes in armes in company with the rebells and wes 
constant precentor to ther haill field meittings and 
randevous of rebellioune keept be them everie weike at 
that place of Blainslie ground called the Blewcairne, 
Threipwood mosse, Carrelsyde, and severall uthir places 
therabouts, by setting to and entertaineing of the said 
William Spotswood ... in ane coatt house belonging 
to him in Blainslie and permitting him his wyffe and 
famillie peacablie to leave therine ' ; for which he ought 
to be fined and punished. 26 August 1682, defender 
denies ; next court day to prove. — 2 September 1682, 



ACTION— FISCAL v. MEINE 33 

pursuer adduced as witnesses (1) George Moffatt in Blainslie 
(etc. as in decreet formerly recorded). 

Melrose, 18 September 1682 

Patrick Blaickie, herd in Allanshaws, confesses a meet- 
ing in Carrelsyde and comes in the bailie's will ; fined 
conform to Act of Parliament. 

James Pearsone, another herd there, denies all, and 
offers to depone ; assigned another court day to advise 
with his oath. 

Thomas Mathiesone, cooper in Gattonside, ' asserted 
he hes keept the kirke since he wes last fyned ; , past.' 
Andrew Bald, his servitor, refused to depone, came in 
will, fined. 

John Wallace, smith in Blainslie, afiirmed, as did 
Mathieson ; passed. 

Robert Meine in Eildon, convened at the fiscal's instance 
for intromitting with the goods and gear belonging to 
Janet Hallywall ' called Lady ' in Gattonside, outlaw and 
fugitive, produced a Disposition by her to him of all her 
com, plenishing and insight, dated 8 May 1682 ; but 
pursuer offered to prove it was granted without any 
onerous cause and only to evade payment of fines and 
posterior to several decreets obtained against her for 
irregularities ; and the defender refusing to depone anent 
the onerous cause, the bailie ordains him to deliver up 
the corn, goods and gear to the fiscal. The defender 
opposed his Disposition and took instruments in the 
Clerk's hands. 

Melrose, 19 October 1682 

John Gibsone in Lessudden says he was already fined 
by Meldrum ; ordained to produce discharge next court 
day. 

John Jamiesone, weaver there, denies all ; passed. 
John Riddell ' Eastir,' asserts he was already fined by 
Meldrum ; to produce discharge. 

Thomas Jamiesone, weaver there, ' producit Meldrumes 

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34 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

discharge ; the baillie tooke Raeburne's assertioune that 
he is orderiie and passt him.' 

John Fairbairne there, denies all ' and sayes he wes 
allwayes orderiie ' ; passed. 

John Pattoune, younger, says he was fined and dis- 
charged by Meldrum on 25 November 1681, ' and that he 
hes beine orderiie since syne ' ; passed. 

James Patersone, servitor to Thomas Hoy, smith in 
Lessudden, Andrew Unes, weaver there, John King there, 
John Richardson there, John Coatt, Easter, there, all 
absent ; the bailie fines Hoy's man 50 1. for contumacy 
as being personally summoned, and ordains the rest, 
because not personally summoned, to be summoned again 
next court day. 

James Rodger, cordiner in Ridpeth, confesses not being 
at church for three years ; ordered to find caution to 
keep the church, and next court day assigned, and to find 
present caution to compear himself that day ; Alexander 
Andersone became cautioner to present him prisoner, 
under 100 1. of penalty. 

Melrose, 24 October 1682 

Alexander Anderson in Ridpeth compeared and pre- 
sented James Rodger prisoner to the bailie and protested 
to be free of his cautionry, and took instruments. 

William Broune, merchant in Ridpeth, absent, fined 
50 1. for contumacy. 

James Robsone, weaver there, ' refused to promise to 
keep the church, quherupon the baillie committed him 
to prissone untill he fand cautione co keep the kirke.' 

David Denholme in Ridpeth, personally summoned but 
absent, " the baillie fynes him in 50 1. of contumacie and 
ordaines him to be summerlie poynded therfore, and ther- 
eftir held him as confessit and fyned him conforme to the 
Act of Parliament.' 

William Wilsone, younger, litster in Langhaughe, and 
his wife, refuse to depone, held as confessed, fined conform 
to the Act ; Wilsone to remain in prison till he pay his own 



SUNDRY CASES 35 

fine, but his wife allowed to next court day to advise with 
her oath. 

Bessie Cairncroce, wife of Thomas Moffatt in Gattoun- 
syde, refused .to depone, came in will ; fined conform to 
Act of Parliament. 

Robert Hilsone, tenant in Calfehill, and his wife, say 
they are orderly ; to produce the minister's testificate. 

James Symmontone, herd in Calfhill, refused to depone ; 
fined according to the Act, and to lie in prison till payment. 

Thomas Leadhouse, tenant in Drygrange, says he is 
orderly, and ' the baillie passes him.' 

William Swanstoune his servitor, refuses to depone ; 
fined conform to the Act. 

William Thomsone, son of Alexander Thomson, herd in 
Drygrainge, ' confessit he wes only halfe ane hour at one 
conventicle keeped in Sorrowlesfeild, and offerred to 
depone negative for all uthers, quherupon the baillie past 
him upon his promise nevir to goe to any agane.' 

Melrose, 1 November 1682 

William Darling, son of John Darling, portioner of 
Blainslie, denied all, but refusing to depone is held con- 
fessed and fined conform to Act of Parliament. 

George Whyte, servitor to James Greive, denies all, but 
refuses to depone ; bailie gives him to advise with his oath 
' untill he call for him at Blainslie againe.' 

Archibald Steall in Columslie, absent, fined 50 1. for 
contumacy. 

Nicol Merser in Mosshouses, deponed negative ; as- 
soilzied. 

Thomas Soudden there, denies all, but refusing to depone 
and coming in the bailie's will, is held confessed and fined 
conform to the Act. 

Richard Sclaitter, absent and excused because sick ; 
to compear when next summoned, under 50 1. of penalty. 

Walter Thomsone, herd in Mosshouses, deponed nega- 
tive ; assoilzied. 

James Hislope, herd in Columsliehill, absent, fined 50 1. 



36 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

James Mertoune in Allanshawes, absent, fined 10 1. for 
contumacy. 

Thomas Stenhouse, portioner of Newtoune, absent, fined 
50 1. for contumacy. 

Robert Weathirstaines, herd in Over Langshaw, absent, 
fuied 10 1. for contumacy. 

William Mortoune, merchant in Blainslie, absent, fined 
10 1. for contumacy. 

Thomas Merser, servitor to Robert Lies in Whitlaw, 
absent, fined 10 I. for contumacy. 

James Broune, servitor to said Thomas Stenhouse, 
deponed negative ; assoilzied. 

John Myllne, younger, in Newtoune, ' confesses that he 
does not keep the kirke, and that he tooke the communione 
at Haughead upon thir tearmes that he should nevir hear 
bishopes nor curatts in tyme comeing ; quherupon the 
baillie committed him to prissone.' 

Thomas Myllne, smith, confessed the same ' and will not 
engadge to keep the church in regaird he sayes he tooke 
the Covenant in >the Presbiterian tyme ; quherupon the 
baillie lykewayes committed him to prissone, untill they 
would ingadge to keep the kirk.' 

Andrew Hiettoune there and his wife, Janet Eccles, 
Nicol Cochran and Isobel Mylne his spouse, Janet Cochran, 
wife of Thomas Myllne, John Riddell and Janet Moffatt 
his spouse, Thomas Stenhouse for Christian Myllne his 
spouse, Margaret Stenhouse his sister, James Myllne and 
Isobel Thomsone his spouse, Isobel Ruthirfuird, wife of 
said John Myllne, and Agnes Fischer, widow there, Robert 
Maebone in Newsteid and his wife, Robert Riddell and his 
wife, and James Meine ' Byres ' and his wife, all summoned 
and absent, each fined in 50 1. for contumacy and to be 
summarily poinded. 

Thomas Hoy, smith in Lessudden, says he has gone to 
the kirk these three last Sabbaths ; passed as for himself 
fro loco et tempore ; examined as to what he owed to 
James Patersone his servitor, confessed 11 1. Scots, which 
he is ordained to make forthcoming, and is also fined 100 1. 
for his son Thomas's bygone irregularities. 



REFUSALS TO DEPONE 37 

James Forsyth in Columslie deponed he owed to Archi* 
bald Steall his servitor, 4 1. 1 s., which he is ordained to 
make forthcoming. 

Robert Lies in Whitlaw confessed that Thomas Merser 
his servitor had some sheep going upon his ground ; or- 
dained to make them forthcoming till the fine be satisfied. 

Andrew Notman in Threipwood, refused to depone ; 
fined conform to the Act. 

Thomas Carter, herd there, refused to depone, fined as 
above. 

James Smith in Threipwood, ditto. 

Thomas Soudden, herd in Mosshouses, ditto. 

James Pearsone, herd in AUanshawes, ditto. 

James Hislope produced a discharge from the clerk of 
Stow ' of all preceading irregularities preceading the first 
of January 1681, and said he wes orderlie since ' ; the bailie 
passed him. 

21 November 1682 

Peter Moffatt in Threipwood and his wife, both confessed 
a conventicle at Threipwood and another in Blainslies ; 
fined conform to the Act of Parliament. 
. James Pringle, their servitor, confesses Threipwood and 
denies all others ; fined as above. 

James and John Hardie, sons of John Hardie in Blainslie, 
both absent, fined 50 1. each for contumacy, and their 
father to be summarily poinded therefor. 

Richard Sclaitter in Mosshouses, refused to depone, fined 
conform to the Act. 

Thomas Soudden there, ditto. 

Archibald Steall, servitor to James Forsyth in Colums- 
lie, continued ' untill the morrow, to come and speake 
with the baillie at Langshaw.' 

Andrew Notman in Threipwood, absent, ' holdine as 
confessit for 6 1. Scotts.' 

John Patersone there, absent, held as confessed for 12 1. 
Scots. 

Thomas Carter, herd there, absent, held confessed for 3 1. 

Thomas Baine in Laerittmoore, absent, held as con- 



38 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

fessed for all bygone irregularities since the Act of Indemn- 
ity, and fined conform to Act of Parliament. 

Melrose, 13 January 1683 

Andrew Hiettoune in Newton confesses withdrawing 
from his parish church ever since the Act of Indemnity till 
within the last twenty days ' he came to the kirke ' ; and 
being asked what conventicles he had been at, answered 
he did not remember how many, and refused to depone. 

Thomas Stenhouse, portioner there, alleged he was 
already fined by Meldrum ' and that he wes not at any 
meittings since syne aither in house or field, that is to say 
since the daite of Meldrumes discharge quhilk is the tenth 
day of May last, but confesses that he hes withdrawen 
from his paroch church sincesyne, and comes in will ther- 
fore.' Christian Myllne his spouse, absent ; the said Thomas 
alleged she was likewise discharged by Meldrum, 'and 
wes no furder guilty then he is.' 

Margaret Stenhouse his sister, James Myllne, Thomas 
Myllne, smith, Isobel Myllne there, all absent. 

John Myllne, younger there, comes in the bailie's will 
for all bygones. 

Robert Sclaitter in Eildon denies all, refuses to depone. 

William Ker, son of William Ker, carrier in Newton, 
denies all, but refuses to depone. 

William Swantstoune, servitor to Thomas Leadhouse in 
Drygrange, produced a testificate, dated 31 December 1679, 
signed by Mr. Robert Mertoune, clerk to the justiciary, 
that he had taken the ' band ' prescribed by the Privy 
Council on 13 November 1679 ; refuses to depone as to 
conventicles since, but declares he is clear to depone that 
he had kept the church since. 

Robert Riddell, weaver in Newstead, for himself and his 
wife, refused to depone. 

Andrew Tunno in Melrose denies being at any meetings 
since he was fined and discharged by Meldrum, and pro- 
duced a discharge by George Ogilvy, Meldrum's procurator- 
fiscal, for all bygone disorders preceding 27 May 1681, and 
deponed negative for conventicles since, but came in will 



WITHDRAWAL FROM CHURCH 39 

for withdrawing from his parish church since until Martin- 
mas last. Fined conform to the Act. 

Isobel Fratter, widow in Melrose, James Wallace, mer- 
chant there, Margaret Lythgow, widow there, Margaret 
Watsone there, Isobel Luckup, elder, there. Christian 
Law, daughter of Thomas Law there, John Hunter, cor- 
diner there, and Elizabeth Broune his spouse, Margaret 
Tunno, wife of James Blaickie there, George Blaicke, tailor 
there, his brother, and Isobel Blaickie his sister, all absent. 

The bailie fines all absentees in 20 1. each for contumacy, 
to be summarily poinded, and fines those confessing con- 
form to the Act of Parliament. 

Melrose, 27 January 1683 

James Pringle, eldest lawful son of George Pringle of 
Buckholme, denies he is a heritor, and asserts he is not 
infeft in a furr of land, but is only a tenant to his father in 
the lands of Buckholme and Laerrittmore, but confesses 
the whole libel, that is that he has frequented house and 
field conventicles and constantly withdrawn from the 
church ever since the Act of Indemnity, and comes in the 
bailie's will ; who fines him conform to the Act, and ordains 
him to remain prisoner till payment. 

Thomas Bunzie, mason in Newstead, ' called Uncle,' 
denies all, ' except one sermon preached by ane indulged 
man in the West countrye, whose name wes Mr. James 
Brotherstaines, who lived in tjie parochine of Pentpont 
and preached in his oune house ' ; and thereafter con- 
fessed he heard another sermon preached by Mr. John 
Lithgow at Ridpeth, ' but does not remember whither or 
not it wes befor or eftir the Act of Indemnitie.' 

Thomas Bunyie, younger, ' called Nephew,' denied all ; 
passed. 

John Boo, servitor to William Riddell, miller in New- 
stead mill ; absent. 

Alison Meine, widow, ' called in the Wynd,' absent, 

Janet Meine, wife of John Meine, hostler, absent. 

James Meine in Eildon, ' called Silver James,' for Alex- 
ander Meine his son, and Meines his daughters ; 



40 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

thereafter Alexander Meine compeared for himself and 
denies all conventicles but one kept about three years 
ago at Dryburgh ; thereafter confessed another kept there, 
and came in the bailie's will for both. 

John Hog, servitor to Robert Faa, bailie ; absent. 

Robert Sclaitter, mason in Eildon, refuses to depone, 
and comes in will. 

Robert Meine in Newstead ' called Davids Robert,' 
denied all and offered to depone ; passed. 

James Meine, son of Alexander Meine, mason, denied all ; 
passed. 

David Meine, weaver there, said he was fined by Mel- 
drum, and offered to depone ' since syne ' ; passed. 

John Bowar in Eildon denied all ; passed. 

Richard Meine, mason there, produced Meldrum's dis- 
charge dated in October 1681 ; to speak with the bailie 
after the court. 

John Vair there, denies all ; passed. 

James Myllne in Newton, confesses two meetings at 
Dryburgh, refuses to depone as to withdrawing from the 
church, and came in will for all ; ' thereftir alleadgit that 
he remembered verrie weill it wes in the tyme of the 
Indulgencie.' 

Thomas Myllne, smith there, affirmed he kept the kirk 
ever since the bailie last ordered him to keep it, and pro- 
mises that both he and his wife shall keep it in time coming. 

Agnes Fischer, widow there, confesses withdrawing 
from the church ' this long tyme bygane, except withine 
thir 15 dayes ' ; refuses to depone as to conventicles, 
and comes in the bailie's will for all. 

John and Andrew Riddell there, both absent. Margaret 
Stenhouse, sister of Thomas Stenhouse, portioner there, 
absent. 

The bailie fines all confessors conform to Act of Parlia- 
ment, and also all absentees conform to the Act. 

Melrose, 17 February 1683 

William Scott, servitor to Andrew Merser, maltman in 
Damick, confessed a conventicle kept at Williamlaw, 



' KEEPING THE KIRK ' 41 

and refuses to depone as to any other, and comes in the 
bailie's will ; fined conform to the Act. 

Melrose, 17 March 1683 

John Symmontone, herd in Buckholme, alleged that 
Margaret Law his wife keeps the kirk now, but she did 
not keep it formerly ; came in the bailie's will. Andrew 
Mein, mason in Newstead, produced Meldrum's absolvitor 
under George Ogilvye's hand, dated at Jedburgh, 9 Novem- 
ber 1681, and offered to depone that he has been regular 
since ; assoilzied. 

Agnes Cochran his spouse refused to depone, and craved 
next court day to advise with her oath. 

The bailie fines Symontoune for his wife conform to the 
Act, and continues Agnes Cochran till next court day. 

Melrose, 21 August 1683 

John Uscher, portioner of Darnick, being convened at 
the instance of Archibald Frier, procurator fiscal, for his 
bygone ecclesiastical disorders since the Act of Indemnity, 
compeared by his procurator John Bunyie, who alleged 
that the defender was not personally summoned to this 
diet or at any person's instance, and craved inspection, and 
took instruments ; but the fiscal answered that he opponed 
the execution produced, under the hand of John Leatheid, 
officer ; so the bailie repelled the declinator, and ordered 
the defender to be called again at the door, who being thrice 
called and not compearing, the bailie fines him 20 1. Scots 
for contumacy and ordains him to be summarily poinded. 

Isobel Stoddart, wife of John Lithgow of Newhouses, 
depones negative ; assoilzied. 

Helen Donaldson, wife of James Fischer, portioner of 
Blainslie, craved a day to advise with her oath, which the 
bailie refused and held her as confessed, and fined her 
conform to the Act of Parliament, since her spouse and she 
were last discharged. , 

Melrose, 1 December 1683 
James Pringle, fiar of Buckholme, being convened at 
the fiscal's instance for withdrawing from his parish church 



42 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

since he was last fined and for being present at a field con- 
venticle at Newmyllnes in November last, preached at by- 
Mr. John Lawder, compeared personally and confessed 
that he has constantly withdrawn from the church since 
last fined, and came in the bailie's will, but denied the said 
conventicle or any other conventicles ; whereupon the 
bailie fines him for withdrawing, conform to the Act. 

John Symmontoune, herd in Buckholme, being asked 
what he knew or heard of the foresaid field conventicle, 
deponed negative ; assoilzied. 

Andrew Richie, his seirvitor, ditto. 

Archibald Steall, servitor to Buckholme, ditto. 

John Peacoke, servitor to Buckholme, ditto. 

George Mitchelhill, servitor to Buckholme, ditto. 

Melrose, 2 February 1684 

Andrew Merser, maltman in Darnick, and Eupham 
Fischer his spouse, being convened and compearing, Merser 
deponed negative, and is assoilzied ; his wife continued 
till next court day. 

Melrose, 23 February 1684 

Peter Marke in Lessudden, absent ; Bessie Jamiesone 
his wife, present, denies all. 

Isobel Kyll, wife of John Leathane there, absent ; com- 
peared John Leathane for her and denied all. 

Janet Leathane his daughter, absent. 

Janet Thorborne, wife of John King, denied all, but 
refused to depone. 

Margaret Pattoune, wife of John Riddell ' Easter ' there, 
denied all, but refused to depone. 

Helen Unes, wife of John Unes, refused to depone. 

Janet Leathane, wife of Michael Gibson there, denied 
all, but refused to depone. 

Christian Kyll, wife of Walter Glendining, Margaret 
Coatt, wife of James Ruthirfuird, Bessie Allan, wife of 
John Kyll there, and Bessie Stoddart, wife of John Fair- 
bairne, deny all, but refuse to depone. 

Janet Cochran, wife of Thomas Kyll, ' Bald,' James 



FIELD CONVENTICLES 48 

Marke, servitor to John Pattoune in Camiestoune, Bessie 
Whyte, cottar in Eilliestoune, Thomas Sheill and Bessie 
Wight his spouse, WilHam Donaldsone there and Isobel 
Briggs his spouse, and William Sweatt their servitor, 
Bessie Turnbull, cottar there, John Wintrope, elder and 
younger, there, Walter Patoune there and Janet Hudd 
his spouse, Thomas Wilson his servitor. Christian Harvie 
his servitrix, William Newbigging there and Janet Bull- 
man his spouse, Isobel Riddell, cottar there, William 
Tayllyeor there and Janet Purves his wife, all absent. 

Bessie Gramislaw, cottar in Lessudden, confessed she 
withdrew from the church. 

Thomas Lourie, quaker, and Bessie Wight his wife, 
passed ; also David Unes and Abigail Kyll his wife. 

William Hope in Eilliestoune and Bessie Swantstoune 
his wife, denied all. 

Thomas Vair there, refused to depone ; Isobel Lourie 
his wife, absent. 

William Sweat there and Grizel Steall his wife, John 
Cochran there and Margaret Mertoune his wife, James 
Cochran his son. Christian Cochran his daughter, John 
Falla there and Isobel Bullman his spouse, all refuse to 
depone. 

Thomas Mylles, servitor to said John Cochrane, and 
James Bullman, servitor to said John Falla, both absent. 

The baihe fines the absentees 10 1. each for contumacy, 
and ordains them to be cited to the next court under a 
penalty of 50 1., and ordains the compearers to bring in 
their testificates from their parish minister or compear 
and clear themselves by oath. 

Melrose, 1 March 1684 

Eupham Fischer foresaid, being asked if she attended 
house or field conventicles since the Act of Indemnity, 
especially a field conventicle at Caldsheills and another at 
Brigend, refused to depone, and (with her husband's con- 
sent) came in the bailie's will; fined for the said two 
conventicles conform to the Act of Parliament, that is to 
say, in 100 I. Scots. 



44 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Melrose, 19 April 1684 

Which day the whole foresaid persons in the parish of 
St. Boswells being again called, either to produce certifi- 
cates or clear themselves by oath, were absent, except 
Bessie Jamieson, wife of Peter Marke, who alleged that her 
husband was ' not at home,' and Janet Thorborne, wife of 
John King, ' who were both present.' All fined conform 
to the Act, but extract supersede against Peter Marke 
and his wife and John King's wife for eight days to bring 
in their minister's certificate. 

Melrose, 26 April 1684 

Which day the following persons were convened at the 
fiscal's instance for withdrawing from the parish church 
and being present at a field conventicle ' kept upon the 

day of this instant aither in Eildoune hills or Huntlie- 

wood ' : — 

Thomas Law, weaver in Melrose, Christian Law his 
daughter, Elizabeth Law, wife of Andrew Luckup, Helen 
Wauch, widow there, Andrew Tunno (for Dinah and Janet 
his daughters), James Meine, herd in Newmaynes, Isobel 
Fratter, widow in Melrose, and Michael Wallace her son, 
Margaret NicoU (for Margaret Blaickie her daughter), 
Adam Lithgow (for Margaret Lithgow his daughter ' and 
his oyes '), Margaret Watsone his cottar, James Pater sone, 
weaver in Danyieltoune, and his spouse, and Helen Wallace, 
widow there, were all absent, and fined conform to the Act 
of Parliament. 

William Friergreive, servitor to said James Paterson, 
denied that either he or his master were at any such con- 
venticle, but confessed he heard a report of one kept in 
Eildon hills or Huntliewood ; refused to depone ; ordered 
to remain in prison till he depones what he knows. 

Thomas Mertoune, tailor there, being asked what he 
knew or heard ' of any such field conventicle keeped shortlie 
near the toune of Melrose,' deponed negative ; assoilzied. 

William Gill, weaver there, interrogated as above, 
deponed negative, except that he heard there had been a 



ROLLS OF HEAD COURTS 45 

meeting recently either in Eildonhills or Huntliewood ; 
knows nothing else of it ; assoilzied. 



MELROSE REGALITY 

ROLLS OF THE HEAD COURTS 

' Curia capitalis regalitatis de Melrose tenta in pretorio 
ejusdem undecimo die mensis Martii millesimo 
sexcentesimo octuagesimo secundo per Georgium 
Pringall de Blindlie, ballivum deputatum nobili et 
potenti Comiti Roberto, Comiti de Roxburghe, 
Domino Ker de Cesfuird et Cavertoune, etc. ballivo 
principal! ejusdem*; curia legittime affirmata. 

' The quhilk day the said George Pringle, baillie deput 
forsaid, sittand in judgement caused call the haill heretors, 
fewars, vassalls and uthirs layable to give suite and pre- 
sence to the heade courts of the said regallitie, whose names 
are as foUowes. Compeared Thomas Wilkiesone, laite 
clerke of the regallitie, and protested in name of the Erie 
of Haddingtone, that it is past twelve hours befor the court 
wes fenced, and the baillie oppones the sun dyell being 
scarce yett twelve acloake.' 

1 ' James, Duke of Buccleughe and Monmouth. 

2 ' Robert, Erie off Roxburghe. 1.^ 

3 ' Johne, Erie off Tweddalle. 

4 ' Charles, Erie off Haddingtoune. 4 compeared 

by proxie 

5 ' William, Erie off Louthiane. X ^ 

6 ' William, Erie off Tarras. 

7 ' Sir William Ker off Greinheid. 

8 ' Sir William Dowglasse of Cavers. 

9 ' Sir Johne Riddell of that Ilk. 



' These figures indicate the number of attendances at the diets noted at the 
end of this roll. 
^ The signification of the cross appended to some names is not apparent. 



46 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

10 ' Sir William Scott off Hardine. 5, compeared by 

proxie. 

11 ' Sir Francis Scott off Manjertoune. 

12 ' Sir Francis Scott off Thirlestoune. 

13 ' Andro Ker off Litledeane. 

14 ' James Scott off Thirsletoune. 

15 ' Robert Dicksone of Overmaines. 

16 ' ^Dicksone of Neathirmaines. 

17 ' George Ruthirfuird off Fairneingtoune ; excused, 

4, 5. 

18 ' John Hallyburtoune off Moorhouselaw. 3, 5. 

19 ' James Erskine off Sheillfield ; compeared be 

proxie, excused, 4. 

20 ' William Scott off Raeburne ; compeared by proxie. 

21 ' Mr. Johne Stoddart off Camiestoune. 

22 ' Thomas Scott off Whitsfeid. 

23 ' Scott off Todrige. 

24 ' James Scott off Phaupe. 

25 ' James Scott off Brierieyairds. 

26 ' William Scott off Clairilaw. 

27 ' William Scott off Hassinedeane. 

28 ' Walter Glaidstanes in Hawicke. 

29 ' Scott off Gowddielands. 

.30 ' Robert Scott off Taandlaw. 

31 ' The aires of [William] Scott of Hartwoodmyres. 

32 ' The aires of Robert Scott, brother to Todrige. 

33 ' William Scott of Broadmeadowes. 

34 ' William Chisholme off Haireup. 

35 ' Meinzies of Ouffcleyd. 

36 ' James Wilkiesone in Selkirke. 

37 ' Johne Murray of Ouplaw. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

38 ' George Pringle off Buckholme. 12, compeared by 

proxie. 

39 ' George Pringle of Blindley. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

40 ' Francis Scott off Langshaw. 1, 2, compeared by 

proxie. 

41 ' The aires of Uthreid MacDowgall of Hagburne. 4. 

42 ' William Cairncroee off Hilslope. 5, compeired by 

proxie, 4. 



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43 ' Walter Cairnecroce off Allanshawes. 4, 5. 

44 ' Francis Scott off Columslie. excuses, compeared 

by proxie, 5. 

45 ' John Pringle off Craigend for Colmslie. 1, 

compeared by proxie, 4, excused. 

46 ' Allexander Lithgow off Drygrainge ; compeared 

by proxie. 

47 ' Andro Fischer oft Westirhousebyres. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

48 ' William Cairnecroce of Wester Langley. 1, com- 

peared by proxie. 

49 ' The aires of Thomas Bell off Easter Langley. 1, 2, 

3, 4, 5. 

50 ' William Fischer off Easter Langley. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

51 ' Allexander Trotter of Easter Housebyres. 1, 2, 

4, 5. 

52 ' Mr. James Daes off Coldinknowes. 

53 ' The aires off Johne Sheill [in Ercildoun]. 3. 

54 ' James Fischer [sic]. 

55 ' The aires off Alexander [sic] Fischer of Sorrowles- 

field. 1, 2, 4. 

56 ' Johne Broune off Parke. 1, 2, 3, 5. 

57 ' The aires of William Fiacher [sic] off Old Melrose. 

58 ' Allexander Patersone [sic]. 

' Fewars off Ridpeth 

59 ' Mr. Johne Lithgow. excuses him. 4. 

60 ' Johne Lithgow. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

61 ' Johne Andersone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

62 ' David Denholme. 1, 2, 3, 5. 

63 ' Charles Watsone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

64 ' Thomas Myllne. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

65 ' Andro Cairnecroce. 1, 4. 

66 ' Johne Rodger. 1, excuses him, absent. 

67 ' Johne Broune off Parke. 1, 2. 

68 ' William Bell. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

' Fewars off Lessudden 

69 ' Johne Coatt, officer ; present, adhers to the pro- 

testatione, 2, 4. 5. 



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70 ' Mungo Gibsone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

71 ' David Kyll. 

72 ' James Huntar. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

73 ' Walter Gibsone. 1, 2, 8, 4. 

74 ' James Eistoune, elder. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

75 ' Andro Heittoune. 

76 ' The aires of Richard Learmount. 1, 2, 3, 5. 

77 ' Johne Riddell, Wester ; adheres to protestation. 

2, 5, 3, 4. 

78 ' Johne Thorburne ; adheres to protestation. 3, 

5, 4. 

79 ' James Purves. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

80 ' Unes, Laird. 

81 ' William Porteous. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

82 ' John Porteous. 1, 4. adheres to protestation. 5. 

83 ' Robert Cochrane. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

84 ' Johne Riddell, Easter.. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

85 ' Johne Brydden. 4. 

86 ' The aires of Patrike Riddell. 

87 ' George Pringle. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

88 ' Johne Richardsone ; adheres to protestation. 4, 

5, 2. 

89 ' The heretrix off Fotherlie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

90 ' Johne Pattoune, Kill. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

91 ' The aires off Robert Campbell. 

92 ' Johne Patoune, Easter. 1, 2, 3, 5. 

93 ' James Bullman. 3. 

94 ' James Eastoune, younger. 

95 ' David Unes. 

96 ' Mungo Kyll . X [sic]. 

97 ' Johne Huntar. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

98 ' Mr. James Adamsone. 

99. ' Mr. Patricke Rid or his tennent. 
100 ' Johne King [sic]. 



' Fewars off Newtoune 

101 ' The aires of Johne , elder. 5. 

102 ' The aires off Thomas Myllne, elder. 

103 ' William Ker, Laird. X 



1,4,5. 



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104 ' James Laidlaw. x 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

105 ' Johne Ker off Shaw. 

106 ' Johne Gill, miller, 

107 ' Thomas Ker, carrier, x 

108 ' Thomas Stenhouse. 1, 4, 5. 

109 ' Johne Myllne, officer ; adheres to protestation. 

2, 3, 4, 5. 

110 ' Nicoll Cochrane. X R. 

111 ' James TurnbuU, or his tenant. 4, 5. 

112 ' Jolme Myllne yomiger . 

113 ' William Myllne. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

114 ' The aires of Mungo Myllne. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

115 ' Thomas Vair in Bowdeane. 1, 4. 

116 ' James Stewart. 

117 ' Patricke [sic] Adamsone in Kelsoe. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

118 ' The aires of George BuUman. 

119 ' William Eccles. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

120 ' Andro Hiettoune. 1," 2, 3, 4, 5. 

' Fewaes off Eildoune 

121 ' Robert Meine ; adheres to protestation. 2, 3, 4, 5. 

122 ' Johne Sclaitter. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

123 ' James Meine, Silver James. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

124 ' James Bowar, elder. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

125 ' James Bowar, younger. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

126 ' Nicoll Bowar ; adheres to protestation, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

127 ' George Lourie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

128 ' Johne Vair. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

129 ' Robert Leathane ; adheres to protestation. 2, 3, 

4, 5. 

130 ' Johne Meine. X 

131 ' Thomas Meine. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

' Fewars off Newsteid 

132 ' The aires of Adam Turnbull. 4, 5 [?]. 

133 ' William Sclaitter. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 

134 ' Andro Meine, Roberts Andro. 1, 4. 

135 ' Johne Meine, maltman ; adheres to protestation. 

2, 3, 4, 5. 
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136 ' William Fischer. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

137 ' John Bunzie, webster. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

138 ' Bernard Meine. 1, 2. 

139 ' Robert Meine, Dowgaite. 1, 2, 3. 

140 ' Robert Forsan, 1, 2. 

141 ' Andro Bunyie, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

142 ' Johne Meine, weavir, Cowgaite. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

143 ' Andro Meine, meassone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

144 ' James Meine, Byres. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

145 ' Johne Meine, Androes Johne. XX 

146 ' Andro Meine, Kyll Andro. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

147 ' Johne Meine, osier. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

148 ' Robert Meine, Davids Robert. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

149 ' Robert Bunzie, meassone. X 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

150 ' Johne Bunzie, officer. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

151 ' David Meine, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

152 ' The aires off Robert Trotter. 

153 ' James Meine, Gallobarnes, or hio tenant [sic]. 4. 

154 ' Johne Meine, Cuddiebutts. X 3, 4, 5. 

155 ' AUexander Meine, meassone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

156 ' James Merser. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

157 ' George Meine, Wyndhead. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

158 ' Andro Wilsone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

159 ' Robert Meine, Tounhead. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

160 ' George Meine, weavir. 1, 3, 4, 5. 

161 ' Johne Meine, Isobells Johne. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

162 ' William Meine, smith. X 4. 

163 ' James Bunzie, weavir. X 5. 

164 ' Johne Meine, gloaver. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

' Fewars off Melrose 

165 ' Johne Ker oft Shaw. 

166 ' George Mertoune, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

167 ' Andro Mertoune. 1, 2. 

168 ' James Bowie, miller. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

169 ' Patricke Lucup, wreight. R. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

170 ' Thomas Lucup. 

171 ' Johne Bell, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

172 ' The aires of William Wauch. 



ROLLS OF HEAD COURTS 51 

173 ' James Wauch. 4, 5. 

174 ' James Edgar ; adheres to protestation. 2, 3, 4, 5. 

175 ' Andro Phaupe ; Do. 2, 4, 5. 

176 ' Andro Tunno ; Do. 2, 4, 5. 

177 ' Johne Lithgow. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

178 ' Thomas Bell, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

179 ' Johne Hoge, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

180 ' Johne Bowar. X 

181 ' The aires of William Wallace, merchant. 1, 2, 3, 

4, 5. , 

182 ' George Blaickie ; adheres to protestation. 2, 4, 5. 

183 ' Johne Meine, maltman ; Do. 2, 3, 4, 5, 

184 ' James Wallace, merchant. 

185 ' Johne Wallace. 

186 ' Johne Lourie, tayllyeor. 4, 5. 

187 ' James Myllne. 3, 5. 

188 ' Adam Lithgow. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

189 ' Walter Donaldsone. X R. 0, 2, 3, 4. 

190 ' The aires off Thomas Reidfuird. 1, 2, 4. 

191 ' The aires oft George Eillies, wreight. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

192 ' AUexander Maxwell. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

193 ' Johne Penman ; adheres to protestation. 2 [?], 

4, 5 [?]. 
194. ' Jolme Leathead [sic]. XXX 

195 'Thomas Wilkiesone, clerke; adheres to protesta- 

tion. 2 [?], 4 [?], 5. 

196 ' Andro Penman. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

197 ' James Eillies, Wakerraw. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

198 ' The aires off George Eillies, Wakerraw. 

199 ' The aires of Johne Rothy. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

200 ' James Mertoune, tayllyeor. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

201 ' The aires off Andro Cuicke. 5. 

202 ' James Eilhes off Huntliewood. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

203 ' Thomas Lithgow ; excuses. 2, 4, 5. 

204 ' George Wallace ; adheres>to protestation. 2,3,4. 

205 ' Johne Huntar, cordiner ; ' formerlie taken.' 4, 5. 

„^„ i mi • r Margrat Nicoll r- . -, ,„„.,- 

206 The aires of ^^^^ ^^^^^^ [sic]. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 



52 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

' Fewars off Danzieltoune 

207 ' James Eillies of Huntliewood. 1, 2, S, i, 5. 

208 ' James Patersone, weavir. X 1 ab. 3, 4, 5. 

209 ' William Gill, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

210 ' The aires of Thomas Bickett, herd. 1, 2. 

211 ' Thomas Mertoune. 

212 ' The aires off Andro Patersone. 

213 ' William Lucup, wreight. 

214 ' Thomas Drummond. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

215 ' Robert Maebune. 

' Fewars off Daunicke 

216 ' Andro Hiettoune ; adheres to protestation. 2, 3, 

4, 5. 

217 ' George Howname, Bessie's George. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

218 ' Andro Merser, maltman. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

219 ' The aires off Allexander Fischer. 

220 ' William Muddie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

221 ' Andro Merser, Wynd. X 4. 
222. ' Allexander Waeman. 

223 ' Allexander Hiettoune. 4, 5. 

224 ' Robert Hallywall. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

225 ' Johne - Thomaone , eclaitter [sic]. XXX 

226 ' Robert Marr. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

^227 ' Johne Ushar. protests conform. 2, 4, 5. 

228 ' Andro Howname. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

229 ' Johne Hiettoune, weavir. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

230 ' William Greirsone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

231 ' William Merser, Wall. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

232 ' Michaell Fischer. 1, 2, 8, 4, 5. 

233 ' The aires off Andro Drummond. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

234 ' James Merser, Poole. 1, 3, 4. 

235 ' Andro Chisholme. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

236 ' Andro Kennedie, officer. 0, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

237 ' Andro Rennaldsone ; adheres to protestation. 2, 

3, 4, 5. 

238 ' James Cochrane. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

239 ' Johne Hiettoune, Kocklibber. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 



ROLLS OF HEAD COURTS 53 

240 ' Hewgh Boustoune. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

241 ' William Mosse. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

242 ' George , weavir. 

243 ' Walter Ushar. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

244 ' Johne Mosse. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

245 ' Walter Dalglishe. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

246 ' George Merser, Baitsheill. 

247 ' The aires of Johne Fischer. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

248 ' Robert Bowstane, qwaker. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

249 ' George Merser, merchant. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

250 ' The aires off George Merser, Lilslie. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

251 ' Walter Vair. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

252 ' The aires off Jespar Merser. 

253 ' William Merser, Byreend. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

254 ' Steven Mertoune. 4. 

255 ' The aires off George Merser, Laird. 

256 ' Andro Smith, tayllyeor. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

257 ' James Clappertoune. 1, adheres to protestation, 

2, 3, 4, 5. 

258 ' Johne Simpsone, 1, 2, 3. 

259 ' Isobell Waker. 1. 

260 ' The aires off Michael Fischer. 1, 2. 

261 ' The aires off Andro Cuicke. 

262 ' The aires off Joline Fiache ^, maltman [sic]. 

' Fewaks off Brigend 

263 ' Johne Merser, Lochbreast. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

264 ' Andro TurnbuU. x 1, 2, 0. 

265 ' Andro Baittie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

266 ' The aires off Andro Boustoune, Laird. 4, 5. 

267 ' The aires off Johne Howname. 

268 ' William Merser, 1, 2, 8, 4s, 5. 

269 ' George Howname. 1, 3, 4. 

270 ' Johne Mertoune. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

' Fewars off Apletreileaves and Langhaughe 

271 ' Andro Darling. 4, 5. 

272 ' Mr. Andro Darling. 1 by proxie, 2 by proxie, 5. 



54 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

273 ' The aires of Mr. William Duguid. 1, 2. 

274 ' Johne Fratter. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

' Fewars off Theeipwood and Newhouses 

275 ' Peter Moffat. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

276 ' James Meine, Gallobarnes. 4. 

277 ' The aires of William Moffatt, measone. S, 4, 5. 

278 ' The aires off Johne Hall. 

279 ' Johne Lithgow of Newhouses. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

280 ' Williamsone, portioner there. XX 

281 ' Captane Ramsay. 

283 ' William Gibsone. 

' Fewars off Blainslies 

284 ' Johne Swonhouse, or Mackbehill, or his tenant. 4. 

285 ' The aires off James Pringle. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

286 ' James Greive, younger. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

287 ' The aires oft Johne Houlatsone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

288 ' Johne Wallace, smith. 1, 2, 3, 4i, 5. 

289 ' Johne Stirling. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

290 ' The aires of Robert Laidlaw. 

291 ' William Gray. 5. 

292 ' Margratt Turner. XX 4, 5. 

293 ' William Cranstoune of Huntliewood. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

294 * The aires of Mr. William Wallace. 

295 ' James Greive, elder. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

296 ' Thomas Darling, wreight. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

297 ' Johne Morray. 1, 2, absent, 3 absent, thereftir 

compered, 4, 5. 

298 ' The aires off Johne Thinne. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

299 ' The aires off Edward Darling. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

300 ' George Rolmainehouse, younger. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

301 ' George Rollmainhouse, elder. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

302 ' James Fischer off Claekmae ; adheres to protesta- 

tion. 2, 4, 5. 

303 ' Johne Pringalle. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

304 ' The aires off Edward Rolmanehouse {deleted, and 

in margin is Isobell RoUmainehouse). 1. 



ROLLS OF HEAD COURTS 55 

305 Allexander Scott. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

306 ' William Ker of Broadwoodsheill ; adheres to pro- 

testation. 3, 4, 5. 



307 

308 

309 

310 

311 

312 

313 

314 

315 

316 

317 

318. 

319 

320 

321 

322 

323 

324 

325 

326 

327 

328 

329 

330 

331 

332 

333 

334 

335 

336 

337 

338 

339 

340 



' Fewars off Gattounsyde 

William Bell ; adheres to protestation. 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Johne Wreight. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

James Cairnecroce, or Tom [?] Moffatt. 3, 4. 

Johne Thomsone. 1, 2, 3. 

Robert Frier. 1, 3, 4, 5. 

Hendrie Myells. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Thomas Myells. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Thomas Hallywall. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

George Bertoune. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Archbald Frier. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

William Boustoune, herd. 1, 2, 3. 

' Robert Gierke, merchant, x 

Thomas Boustoune, Wynd. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Robert Mene, meassone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Robert Boustoune. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

James Leathane. 1, 4. 

Robert Dunnand. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

The aires of Johne Bertoune. 1, 3, 4, 5. 

The aires oft James Blackie. 

Robert Ormstoune. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

William Mertoune. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Margrat Barrie. 0, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Robert Frier. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

Johne Meine. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

The aires of George Hallywall. 

Jenet Haly waJl [sic], 2, 4. 



The aires off Jameo Corabie [sic]. 



Isobell Thomsone. 
Robert Scott, p. 2, 3, 4, 5. 
Johne Halliwall. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
Thomas Maebone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
Johne Maebone. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
Robert Phillip. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 
George Hoy, Eastcoatt. x 



56 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

341 ' Jenet Hallywall, called Nuike. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

342 ' Archbald Frier, weaver, x 3, 4, 5. 

343 ' Thomas Boustone, Dukedub. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

344 ' Andro Hallywall, donator. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

345 ' Robert Myells. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

346 ' Andro Marr. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

347 ' Thomas Mathesone, cupper. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

348 ' William Wreight. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

349 ' Johne Hallywall, Croce. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 

350 ' Isobell Boustoune. 

351 ' Robert Sheill. 1, 2, 3. 

352 ' Thomas Moffatt. 1, 4, 5. 

Westhouses 

353 ' George Patersone, Cordie. 1, 2, 4, 5. 

354 ' Adam Darling. 1, 3, 4, 5. 

355 ' Thomas Forrest. 3, 4. 

' Att Melrose the eleventh day of March 1682, The baillie 
passes the haill absents for this day and ordaines them to 
compear punctuallie when evir they shall [be] called agane 
att the nixt head courte. (Signed) Geokge Pkingle. 

' Att Melrose the 6th of May 1682, the baillie fynes each 
absent from this present head court in the soume of fyftie 
punds Scots and ordaines precepts to be direct therfore to 
chairge them for payment of ther respective fynes. 
(Signed) George Pringle. 

' Att Melrose the 13th March 1682, instruments taken in 
my hand be Robert Whyte, officer and jayllyeor to Blindlie, 
against Baillie Faa, who asked him who had put one the 
padlocke upon the tolbuith door, who ouned the doeing 
therof but denyed the takeing off of the uthir locke, and 
ther he made offerr of Thomas Bowie and Johne Bowar tua 
prissoners and requyred him to put them in agane in 
firmance sieing he had the keyes of the tolbuith, to quhich 
Baillie Faa answered he was not oblidged to doe but tooke 
instruments the persones were at libertie and protested 
that Blindlie was layable for the debt ; to quhich Blindlie 



TOLBOOTH LOCK AND KEYS 57 

replyed that the captione carried no hquid soume but only 
to remove from certane houses possessit be them, and 
albeit it wer a liquid soume yet he wes fullie exonered off 
them sieing he could not command the keyes of the tol- 
buith to put them in, and therfore left them in Baillies 
[sic] presence to secure them as he thought fitt, uthirwayes 
to exoner him off them. Thir things were done upon the 
High Streitt of Melrose att the tolbuith stair foott betwixt 
nyne and ten hours in the forenoon befor Michael Gibsone, 
James Wauch and George Blaikie, witnesses called and 
requyred to the premisses,' 

Melrose, 7 October 1682 ; the bailie fines absentees from 
rthis head court in 50 1. each, and ordains precepts to be 
issued for payment. (Signed) George Pringle. 

Melrose, 3 February 1683 ; as above. 
Melrose, 5 May 1683 ; as above. 

' Curia capitalis Regalitatis de Melrose tenta in pretorio 
ejusdem tridecimo die mensis Octobris millesimo 
sexcentesimo octuagesimo tertio per Georgium 
Pringle de Blindlie, ballivum principalem ejusdem ; 
curia legittime afl&rmata.' 

Which day the said bailie caused call the whole heritors, 
etc., liable to give suit and presence at the said head court, 
whose names follow. The preceding list is repeated, the 
only differences being as follows : ^ — 

No. 1 is omitted ; 5 is omitted ; 8 ' the aires of Sir Wil- 
liam Dowglasse of Cavers ' ; between 13 and 14 is added 
" ' AUexander Pringle of Whytebanke ' ; 30 is deleted ; 31 
William is added as the Christian name ; 49 styled ' por- 
• tioner there ' ; 53 adds ' in Ersiltoune, except Ja. Dow- 
'■ glass,' and added in another hand ' but the rest are absent '; 
54 and 55 read ' James Fischer of Sorrowlesfield ' ; 57 and 
58 read ' AUexander Patersone of Old Melrose.' 



' I have omitted the figures relative to compearance. 



58 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Feuars of Ridpeth. — 59 adds ' or his tennent ' ; 63 
' the aires of Charles Watsone ' ; 65 ' the aires of Andro 
Cairnecroce.' 

Feuars of Lessudden : see infra. 

Feuars of Newton : see infra. 

Feuars of Eildon. — Instead of 130 and 131 it reads 
' Thomas Meine, Richard Meine, Jenet Meine.' 

Feuars of Newstead. — 139 adds ' The aires of ; 145 is 
omitted ; 153 ' James Meine in Laidlawsteall or his ten- 
nent ' ; 161 ' Johne Meine, Tounhead..' 

Feuars of Melrose. — 165 adds ' or his tenent ' ; 170 
adds ' his brother ' ; 173 adds ' officer ' ; after 178 insert 
' William Bowar ' ; 180 ' the aires of Johne BoTyar, weavir '; 
185 is omitted ; 187 adds ' the aires of ' ; 194 is omitted ; 
195 is only ' Thomas Wilkiesone ' ; 198 instead of ' Waker- 
raw ' is ' his brother ' ; 205 ' the aires of Johne Hun tar ' ; 
206 only ' Margrat NicoU.' 

Feuars of Dingleton.— 208 omits ' weavir ' ; 210 
omits ' herd.' 

Feuars of Darnick. — 216 ' the aires of Andro Hiet- 
toune ' ; 225 is omitted ; 238 adds ' tayillyeor ' ; 239 
' Johne Hiettoune, elder ' ; 242 ' George Uscharr ' ; 243 is 
omitted ; 251 adds ' weavir ' ; 254 adds ' tayllyieor ' ; 260 
is deleted ; 262 is omitted. 

Feuars of Bridgend. — 264 adds ' or his tennent ' ; 266 
omits ' Laird.' 

Feuars of Appletreeleaves and Longhauch. — 271 
adds ' the aires of ' ; 272 adds ' or his tennent ' ; after 274 
is added ' Thomas Finlaw.' 

Feuars of Threipwood and Newhouses : see infra. 

Feuars of Blainslies. — 302 instead of ' Claekmae ' is 
' Sorrowlesfield ' ; 304 reads ' the aires of Issobell RoU- 
mainehouse ' ; 305 adds ' weavir.' 

Feuars of Gattonside. — 309 ' James Cairnecroce ' ; 
314 adds ' weavir ' ; 317 is omitted ; 321 adds ' viccar ' ; 
331 is deleted, and 332 is undeleted and written above the 
last ; 333 is omitted ; after 339 is inserted ' Thomas 
Boustoune, Tounehead ' ; after 340 is inserted ' Walter 
Vaitch ' ; 347 ' cupper ' is omitted. 



FEUARS OF LESSUDDEN 59 

Feuars of Westhouses. — After 355 are added (1) 
' Robert Mertoune ' ; (2) ' James Robiesone.' 

The differences in the lists of feuars of the other grounds 
are so extensive that they are here copied in full, viz. : 

Feuars of Lessudden 

John Coatt, Wester, 1, 2, 3. 

Mungo Gibsone. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of William Maebone in the Grene. 1, 2, 3. 

David Kyll, Childreime [deleted], [? 2.] 

Andrew Unes. [? 2.] 

James Huntar. 1, 2, 3. 

Walter Gibsone. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of John Richardsone. 2, 8. 

James Eastoune, elder, or his tenant. 1, 2, 3. 

John Unes, tailor. 

Andrew Hieton. 

The heirs of Henry Coatt. 

The heirs of Richard Learmount, or their tenant. 2, 3. 

John Riddell, Wester. 1, 2, 3. 

John Thorburne. 1, 2, 3. 

James Brydden. 

James Purves. 1, 2, 3. 

David Kyll, smith. 

Thomas Unes, Laird. 

Thomas Kyll. 

Wilham Porteous. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of Thomas Huntar. 2, 3. 

John Porteous. 1, 2, 3. 

John Myllne, Laird. 0, 2, 3. 

Robert Cochrane. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of Mungo Purves. 

John Riddell, Easter. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of John Brydden. 

The heirs of Patrick Riddell. 1, 2, 3. 

John Robiesone. 

John Richardsone. 1, 3. 

The heretrix of Fotherlje, or her tenant. 1, 2, 3. 



60 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

The heirs of John Patoune, Kill. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of Robert Campbell. 1. 

John Patoune, Easter. 1, 2, 3. 

James Bullman. 1, 2, 3. 

Thomas Robsone, flesher. 

James Easton, younger. 

Robert Thomson, weaver. 

David Unes. 2, 3. 

The heirs of David Dobsone. 

John Huntar. 1. 

William Riddell, miller. 

John Coatt, Easter. 

Mark Kyll. 

Mr. James Adamsone, or his tenant. 

James Stoddart. 

Mr. Patrick Rid, or his tenant. 2, 3. 

John Cochrane. 

Mungo Kyll, ' Wearsyett.' 

Feuars of Newton 

The heirs of John Myllne, elder. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of Thomas Myllne, elder. 1, 2, 3. 

James Laidlaw. 1, 2, 3. 

John Ker of Shaw. 1, 2. 

John Gill, miller. 

Thomas Ker, carrier. 

Thomas Stenhouse. 1, 2, 3. 

John Myllne, Laird. 1, 2, 3. 

Thomas Laidlaw, carrier. 2, 3. 

Thomas Myllne, smith. 

Jean Dobsone, or her tenant, John Myllne. 

The heirs of Mungo Myllne. 1, 2, 3. 

William Myllne. 1, 2, 3. 

Thomas Vair in Bowdeane, or his tenant. 

The heirs of Thomas Cochrane. 2, 3. ■ 

James TurnbuU, or his tenant. 1, 2, 3. 

James Vair. 3. 

James Stewart, or his tenant. 1, 2, 3. 

The heirs of George Bullman. 



PROTESTATION AGAINST BLINDLIE 61 

William Eccles. 1, 2, 3. 

John Wintrop, or his tenant. 

Andrew Hiettoune. 1, 2, 3. 

The representatives of Nicol Cochrane. 

John Myllne, younger. 

John Riddell. 

Feuars of Threipwood and Newhouses 

Peter Moffatt. 1, 2, 3. 

Andrew Lithgow. 1, 3. 

James Meine, or his tenant. 1, 3. 

The heirs of William Moffatt, mason. 1. 

The heirs of John Hall. 

Thomas Wilsone, or his tenant. 

William Gibsone. 1, 3. 

Captain Ramsay, or his tenant. 

John Lithgow of Newhouses. 1, 3. 

Melrose, 13 October 1683. — The bailie fines each absentee 
from this head court in 50 1. Scots for contumacy, and 
ordains them to be summarily poinded therefor. (Signed) 
George Pringle. 

Mehose, 9 February 1684. — ^Ditto. 

Melrose, 3 May 1684. — Ditto. 

Melrose, 3 May 1684, compeared James Edgar, as pro- 
curator for the Earl of Perth, and protested that Blindlie 
had no commission to hold court, because the said earl 
was recommended by the Lords of Council to be bailie of 
the regality and is getting his commission from the king ; 
but Blindlie opponed his commission from the Council 
empowering him to act as bailie until the king's further 
pleasure, and he has not as yet heard anything to the 
contrary ; and the bailie protested that James Edgar had 
no commission from the Earl of Perth to make the foresaid 
protestation ; both parties taking instruments, before 
calling of the roll. 

[On a loose leaf inserted is the following deed, viz. : ] 
Bond by John Andersone, portioner of Ridpeth, to pre- 
sent David Wood in Brotherstanes before the bailie of the 



62 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

regality of Melrose to answer at the instance of James 
Mosse, younger, in Ridpeth, when required ; with clauses 
of relief and registration. The bond is written by John 
Lithgow, clerk of the regality, and dated at Melrose, 
9 February 1684 ; witnesses, the said John Lithgow, 
Thomas Myllne, portioner of Ridpeth, and Archibald 
Frier, procurator fiscal. (Signed) John Andersone, 
also Thomas Myln, witness, signs ; and John Lithgow, 
notary, signs for the said David Wood, who cannot write. 



MELROSE HORNINGS, 1662-1706 

REGISTER OF HORNINGS, ETC., KEPT AT MELROSE 

' At Edinburgh the fourteine of Januar j°» vj" threescoir 
and two : The quhilk day this register of horninges, 
relaxatiounes, inhibitiounes and interdictiones, was pre- 
sentit to me be Thomas Wilkisoun, clerk of the regalitie 
of Melros, conteining ane hundreth foirscoir saxteine leaflfis 
compting fyve scoir to the hundreth the first nor last nocht 
being comptit, to be markit on everie leaff therof conforme 
to the Act of Parliament be me Mr. William Wallace, 
undersubscriving, deputt marker of the saidis registers to 
the rycht honorabill Sir Archbald Prymrose of Dalmany, 
knycht and baronett. Clerk of his Majesties Register 
Counsell and RoUis, and redelyverit to the said Thomas 
Wilkisoun to be keipit within the said regalitie day yeir 
of God and place abonewrittin. (Signed) W. Wallace.' 

1662, Horning — James Sheell, portioner of Ersiltone, against 



February lo. 



James Bowstoune called of the Wynd, portioner of Galton- 
syde, for refusing to pay to him 87 1. Scots with interest 
and 10 1. of penalty, contained in his Bond, 3 January 
1654, to the deceased Margaret M'lUrie, widow of John 
Sheell in Ersiltone, and Assignation, 12 May 1654, by her 
to the complainer, and Decreet, 4 July 1657, at the 
eomplainer's instance before the bailies of regality of 



INHIBITION— REID v. RIDPETH 63 

Melrose ; on a charge of fifteen days. Dated Edinburgh, 
12 December 1661. 

Executions : 4 January 1662, by WiUiam Kirkwood, 
messenger, againsb James Boustone, personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, Thomas Boustoun and 
Robert Mein, portioners of Galtonsyde ; and 28 
January 1662, by the same, at the market cross 
of Jedburgh (head burgh of the shire in which the 
defender lives) ; witnesses, James Pringle, mes- 
senger in Kelso, and William Boustoune, portioner 
of Galtonsyde. 

Inhibition — ^Mr. John Reid, eldest lawful son of the April?. 
deceased Mr. Alexander Reid, minister at Askirk, against 
Alexander Ridpeth, wright in Melros, who gave Bond, 
27 January 1654, to repay to the complainer 500 merks 
borrowed, with interest and 50 merks of penalty, and in 
security wadset to him ' that tenement and onsteid of 
houses high and laighe, bak and foer, with easter and 
wester yairds, fruit trees and incresse therof, with the 
perteinents of the samyne, lyand within the precinct 
of Melros and schireffdome of Roxburgh, and all and 
haill — aikers of land within the toune and lands of 
Danyeltone, personage and viccarage teynds therof, with 
the pertinents ' ; but now he intends to dispone the same 
and his other heritage and fraudfully disappoint the com- 
plainer of payment. He is therefore forbidden so to act 
till first the debt be satisfied. Dated Edinburgh, 30 March 
1662. 

Executions: 24 and 29 March 1662, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against Alexander Ridpeth personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, Archibald Frier in Melros, 
and William Nivin, servitor to Patrick Hepburne 
of Smeitoun. Also at the market crosses of Jed- 
burgh and Melrose, forbidding the lieges to transact 
business with him while under inhibition ; witnesses 
(at Jedburgh) James BuUarwall and William Broune, 
burgesses of Selkirk ; (at Melrose) William Wallace, 
weaver there, and Thomas Lythgow, indweller there. 



64 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Inhibition — ^William Wilsone, weaver in Longhaughe, 
against Mr. William Duguid, minister, portioner of Appel- 
trieleaves, who with consent of Barbara Cairncroce his 
spouse entered into contract with the complainer, 23 
December last, to lease to him his lands of Longhaughe 
called the Braidehaughe, with teindsheaves and other 
teinds included, and whole pertinents, with grass and pastu- 
rage for thirty sheep and a horse ' to be pastured through 
the outfeild ground wher the rest of the Longhaughe 
bestiall pasturs,' together with his part ' of the Longhaughe 
hauch with ane hous and ane yaird perteining to him lyand 
and bounded as foUowes, to witt, the house lyand on the 
east syde of John Frater, elder, his peill, and the yaird 
on the eist syde of his aple yaird,' in lordship and regality 
of Melrose, and that for three years after expiry of a year's 
Tack granted at Melrose, 4 June 1660, by the said Mr. 
William to the complainer and William Wilsone in Gallow- 
sheells of the said subjects, which expires at Whitsunday 
1663, when entry to the said ' house, yaird and halfe 
grasse ' is to begin. The present tack is granted in security 
for 1000 merks borrowed by the said Mr. William and 
repayable at Whitsunday 1666, with 100 1. of penalty, 
he retaining the interest thereof in name of tack duty, 
while he obliged himself to remove the said William 
Williamsone [sic] at expiry of the first tack and enter the 
complainer to possession, and cause the said Barbara 
Cairncroce signify her consent judicially. Edinburgh, 
13 May 1662. 

Executions: 20 and 22 May 1662, William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against Mr. William Duguid, personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, Andrew Darling, portioner 
of Appeltrieleaves, and James Darling, his brother. 
At the market cross of Jedburgh, witnesses, William 
Crumble and William Scugall, burgesses of Jed- 
burgh; at the market cross of Melrose, witnesses, 
William Wallace and Robert Mar, weavers there. 

Inhibition — James Crawfuird, maltman, portioner of 
Lasuden, against Janet Coitt, only lawful daughter and 



HORNING— BUNZIE v. ANDERSONE 65 

heir now in life of the deceased Henry Coitt, portioner of 
Lassudden, who in 15 December 1657 with consent of his 
said daughter, in security for a loan of 300 merks, sold and 
wadset to the complainer six rigs or roods of land in 
Lassudden ' of the infeild of ane quarter of land ther, 
with the perteinents of the samyne, then possest be the 
said umquhill Hendrie,' in the town and territory of 
Lassudden ; and not being infeft holding of John, Earl of 
Hadingtone, they obliged themselves to procure infeft- 
ment and thereafter put the complainer in possession. 
Likewise the said Janet Coitt granted Bond, 28 January 
last, to the complainer for 30 1. Scots of borrowed money, 
to be repaid with a year's interest and 4 1. of penalty, 
secured over her quarter of outfield land in Lassuddene, 
with teinds, as above. Edinburgh, 14 June 1662. 

Executions : 21 June 1662, William Kirkwood, mes- 
senger, against Janet Coitt, personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Mark Kyll, indweller in Lessuden, and 
Thomas Wilkiesone, clerk of Melrose. At the market 
cross of Jedburgh, witnesses, James M'Cubie, 
burgess of Jedburgh, and Thomas Porteous, in- 
dweller there. ■ At the market cross of Melrose, 
witnesses, Andrew Phaupe, officer, and Mungo 
Donaldsone and James Mylne, indwellers there. 

Horning — Robert Bunzie, younger, mason in Newsteid, July 19. 
against John Andersone, portioner of Ridpeth, in respect 
of his Bond, 8 February 1661, to the complainer for 36 i. 
Scots of borrowed money, repayable at Martinmas there- 
after under pain of doubling the same. Dated Edinburgh, 
20 May 1661. 

Executions : 22 May 1662, William Kirkwood, mes- 
senger, against John Anderson ; witnesses, Thomas 
Wilkiesone, clerk of Melrose, and John Youn, por- 
tioner of Ersiltone. 9 July 1662, by Robert Home, 
messenger, at the market cross of Dunce ; witnesses, 
Robert Lychtoune, messenger at Dunce, and George 
Marchell there. 17 July 1662, by William Kirk- 
wood, messenger, at the market cross ' of Melrose ; 

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witnesses, Andrew Phaupe, oflBcer at Melrose, and 
James Burne, weaver there. 

July 29. Horning — ^James Ellies of Huntliewood, against Thomas 

Law, weaver in Melrose, to obtemper Decreet, 30 July 
1661, at complainer's instance before the Sheriff of Rox- 
burgh against him to remove with wife, family and ser- 
vants, from the complainer's tenement of land in Litle 
Fordell, with pertinents, in the town and territory of 
Melrose. Edinburgh, 24 June 1662. 

Executions : 1 July 1662, by William Kirkwood, mes- 
senger, against Thomas Law ; witnesses, James 
Gray, servitor to Patrick Hepbume of Smeatoune, ' 
and John Jacksone, nephew to Gideon Jacksone of 
Lochhouses. 18 July 1662, by the same, at the 
market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, Andrew Phaupe, 
officer in Melros, and James Ellies called Litle, por- 
tioner there. 19 July 1662, by Thomas Cranstone, 
messenger at the market corss of Jedburgh ; wit- 
nesses, John Rutherfurd, sheriff officer of Roxburgh- 
shire, and Adam Turnbull, servitor to Andrew 
Crumble, sheriff clerk. 

October 14. HoRNiNG — ^James Ellics, portioner of Danyeltone, against 
James Merser, portioner of Darnick, called of the Pool! [?] 
and Andrew Merser, his eldest lawful son, who granted 
bond to him on 18 November 1652 for 400 merks, 40 1. 
penalty, and half a year's interest from Martinmas then 
last bypast to the term of Whitsunday 1653. Dated 
Edinburgh, 30 October 1661, 

Executions : 26 August 1662, William Kirkwood, mes- 
senger, against them personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Alexander Fisher and Richard Boustone, 
portioners of Darnick. 14 October 1662, same 
messenger, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; wit- 
nesses, John Bunyie, sheriff officer, and Michael 
Gibsone indweller in Melros; and at the Market 
cross of Melrose; witnesses, John Penman and 
John Broune, indwellers there. 



SUSPENSION— MOSSE v. MOSSE 67 

HoKNiNG — John Mosse, elder, portioner of Darnick, November 24. 
against John Mosse, younger, portioner there, who with 
consent of Helen Mosse his wife granted Discharge, 
11 March last, to the complainer for 400 merks due by 
him to them in terms of Contract of Marriage, 2 October 
1657 ; and exonered him of all payment, and all the said 
Helen Mosse, daughter to the complainer, could claim of 
portion from him or his wife by their respective deceases ; 
and obliged himself to cause Helen Mosse judicially ratify 
the same. Dated Edinburgh, 4 November 1662. 

Executions : 12 November 1662, William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against them personally apprehended 
in their dwelling house of Darnick, to fulfil the 
Discharge and pay 200 1. Scots of expenses to the 
complainer ; witnesses, Nicol Merser, portioner of 
Darnick, and William Mosse, servitor to the said 
John Mosse. 20 November 1662, by Thomas 
Cranstone, messenger, at the market cross of Jed- 
burgh ; witnesses, Andrew Rutherfurd called Toune- 
head, and William Scugall, merchant, burgesses of 
Jedburgh. 20 November 1662, by William Kirk- 
wood, messenger, at the market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, Robert Mar and John Louckup, weavers 
in Melrose. 

Suspension — John Mosse, younger, portioner of Dar- '663. 
nick, against John Mosse, elder, portioner there, relative 
to the letters at the latter's instance charging him to cause 
Helen Mosse his wife judicially ratify the foresaid Dis- 
charge, and pay 200 1. of expenses ; Becaitse the Discharge 
is in itself imperfect and incompetent, the cause thereof 
unfulfilled, and the deed itself undelivered, and could not 
be delivered to the charger, in respect that the complainer 
having married Helen Mosse, one of the charger's daughters 
and heirs of line, he had by their Contract of Marriage 
good title to the equal half of the complainer's lands and 
estate, yet lately at the earnest desire of the charger and 
friends he came to a friendly meeting and there for keeping 
peace and agreement it was considered upon mutually 



68 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

that the charger should grant bond to the complainer for 
200 merks, and assign bonds and papers in security, and 
the complainer would grant a discharge of all he could 
claim by the contract of marriage and all the said Helen 
Mosse could claim as portion by the death of her said 
father or Marion Ushar his spouse. The bond and 
assignation were thereupon drawn up on the charger's 
part and the discharge on the complainer's part, and 
signed only by one notary for the part of the said 
Helen Mosse, which deeds were then deposited by both 
parties in the hands of William Fisher of Old Melros 
iipon trust to be kept by him and on no account to 
be delivered up to either party till the charger paid the 
said 200 merks and fulfilled the other conditions and 
until another notary should subscribe for the said Helen 
Mosse as conotary, in respect it was for a matter about 
100 1. and a matter of heritage, and until both parties 
should be present and exchange by mutual consent. Not- 
withstanding whereof the said John Mosse, elder, most 
subtilly came to the said William Fisher and after much 
entreaty prevailed with him to lend him the discharge for 
a night's time to advise thereupon, upon his faithful pro- 
mise to return it as he received it, to be retained undelivered 
till the bargain was consummated and another notary 
subscribed ; but the said John Mosse most perfidiously 
caused register the deed, and thereupon letters of homing 
have been raised and executed and the complainer seized 
by letters of caption and imprisoned in Melros tolbooth ; 
and the extract of the Discharge, shown to the Lords of 
Council and Session, bears only one notary's subscription, 
to prove the above allegation. For thus basely and in- 
humanly breaking his faith the charger ought to be pun- 
ished and esteemed infamous and perfidious. Neverthe- 
less, the complainer has found caution to obey the charge 
if found liable. Charge is therefore given to John Mosse, 
elder, to compear before the Lords of Council and Session 
on 1st January next, and suspension is granted to the 
complainer till the 10th, and order is given to the bailie 
of the regality of Melrose and his deputes to put him at 



INHIBITION— ELLIES v. BLAIKIE 69 

liberty, Nicol Kennidie, mason, burgess of Edinburgh, 
having become cautioner for the complainer. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 16 December 1662. 

Executions : 2 January 1663, by WiUiam Kirkwood, 
messenger, at the market cross of Jedburgh, deliver- 
ing the wand of peace to John Rutherford, sheriff 
officer of Roxburghshire ; witnesses, John Ainslie, 
present bailie of Jedburgh, and Archibald Ruther- 
ford, notary there. Also at the market cross of 
Melrose, delivering the wand of peace to William 
Wallace, merchant in Melros ; witnesses, the said 
William Wallace; and James Ker, elder, there. 

Inhibition — James Ellies of Huntliewood against George Febiuary 26. 
Blaikie, portioner of Melros, who granted bond on 4 Feb- 
ruary 1662 to the complainer for 80 1. Scots, with 10 1. of 
expenses. Dated Edinburgh, 18 February 1663. 

Executions : 24 February 1663, William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against him personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Michael Gibsone and James Burne in 
Melros. Same day, at the market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, the said James Burne, and Robert Mar, 
weaver in Melrose. 26 February 1663, at the market 
cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, William Bullarwall 
and Thomas Porteous there. 

Horning — (produced for registration by Robert Bunyie, March 4, 
mason in Newsteid) Robert Bunyie, portioner of Newsteid, 
against John Andersone, portioner of Ridpeth, who granted 
bond, 12 December 1657, to Janet Mein, widow of Thomas 
Bunyie, portioner of Newsteid, the complainer's father, 
for 50 merks, repayable to her, whom failing, to the com- 
plainer, with 5 1. of penalty ; which Bond the said Janet 
Mein assigned to the complainer, 9 December 1662. Dated 
Edinburgh, 31 January 1663. 

Executions : 24 February 1663, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against the said John Anderson, by 
affixing a copy on the door of his dwelling house ; 
witnesses, Mr. James Monteeth in Ridpeth, and 



70 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

George Bell, portioner there. 3 January [sic] 1663, 
at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, John 
Mar, weaver in Melrose, and George Blackie, por- 
tioner there. 

September 2. HoRNiNG — John, Earl of Hadingtone, Lord Binning and 
Byres, against William Wright, smith, indweller in Galtone- 
syde, who granted Bond, 26 October 1661, to pay to him 
60 1. Scots, viz. 20 1. at Candlemas thereafter, and 20 1. at 
Lammas thereafter, and 20 1. at Candlemas 1662, with 5 1. 
of expenses for each term's faillie, and whereupon Decreet, 
3 January 1663, by the bailie-depute of the regality of 
Melrose, was obtained. Also against William Fisher, 
. younger, portioner of Darnick, to obey Decreet, 20 June 
last, by the said bailie-depute, ordaining him to pay to 
the complainer 84 1. 15 s. 6 d. Scots due for the half of 
the feu-farm duties of his lands in Darnick for crop and 
year 1662, 20 1. due by his Bond to the complainer dated 
. . ., and 23 L 6 s. 8 d. due for the feu duty of his lands 
in Darnick at Whitsunday last, extending in all to 130 1. 
19 s. 4 d. Dated Edinburgh, 6 August 1663. 

Executions : 13 August 1663, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against William Fisher personally appre- 
hended ; witnesses, Michael Fisher and John 
Heitoun, portioners of Darnick, 29 Augxist 1663, 
by the same, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; wit- 
nesses, William BuUerwall, burgess of Jedburgh, 
and James BuUerwall, his son ; and at the market 
cross of Melrose, witnesses, Francis Hepburne, lawful 
brother to Patrick Hepburne of Smeatoune, and 
James Ker, elder, in Melrose. [No mention of 
William Wright in the executions.] 

September 2. HoKNiNG — Gideon Jaksone of Lochhouses against Walter 
Cairncroce, lawful son of William Cairncroce of Allan- 
shawes, who granted Bond, 28 February last, to the com- 
plainer for 500 1. Scots, with 10 1. of expenses. Also 
against the said William Cairncroce for 100 merks, with 
10 1. of expenses, contained in his Bond to the complainer. 
28 October 1662. Dated Edinburgh, 6 August 1663. 



INHIBITION— BULMAN v. BIDDELL 71 

Executions : 12 August 1663, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against William and Walter Cairncroce, 
by affixing copies at their dwelling house in Threep- 
wood ; witnesses, James Stoddert, and Nicol Cairn- 
croce, second lawful son of the said William. 
29 August 1663, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; 
witnesses, William BuUarwall, burgess of Jedburgh, 
and James BuUarwall, his son ; and at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, Francis Hepburne, 
' potingar ' in Edinburgh, and James Ker, elder, 
in Melros. 

Inhibition — ^Andrew Bulman in Long Newtoune against October 30. 
Andrew Riddell in Lassudden, and Patrick Riddell, his 
brother, in respect of Bond, 26 February 1658, by the 
former, with the latter as cautioner, to the complainer for 
300 merks, with 20 1. of expenses, containing obligation 
by the said Andrew not to sell or dispone a ' quarter of 
land ' formerly pertaining to the said Patrick and now to 
him, without consent of the complainer. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 20 October 1663. 

Executions : 29 October 1663, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against Andrew and Patrick Riddell at 
their dwellings ; witnesses, David Kyll, smith in 
Lassudden, and John Uns, portioner there. Same 
day, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, 

M'Cubbie, bailie of Jedburgh, and John 

Porteous, merchant there ; and at the market 
cross of Melrose, witnesses, James Ker, elder, there, 
and Mungo Donaldson, portioner there. 

Horning — James Ellies of Huntliewood against Walter November 3. 
Scot, portioner of Melrose, for 120 1.. Scots due by him to 
James Ellies alias Litle in Melrose conform to decreet 
arbitral on their m.utual submission, dated at Melrose, 
28 October 1662, in satisfaction to the complainer of the 
sum of 100 merks, with 10 1. of expenses, due by the said 
James Ellies alias Litle to the complainer by Bond, 
30 October 1643, and Decreet obtained by the complainer 



72 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

herefor 20 June last. Dated Edinburgh, 24 September 
1663. 

Executions : 9 October 1663, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against Walter Scot, at his dwelling 
house ; witnesses, John Penman and William 
Wallace, portioners of Melrose. 30 October 1663, 
by the same, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; wit- 
nesses, John Porteous and William Bullerwall, 
burgess of Jedburgh ; and at the market cross of 
Melrose ; witnesses, Mungo Donaldsone and George 
Blaikie, portioners there. 

• 1664. Horning — ^William Curror in Lindeane against William 

Fisher of Westerhousebyres for 250 merks, with 16 1. of 
expenses, due by Bond, 1 June 1660, and against Thomas 
Cochrane of Newtoune who became cautioner, 29 July last, 
for William Fisher's paying the same if found liable at 
discussing suspension ; and Decreet 23 January last by 
the Lords of Council and Session finding the charge orderly 
proceeded and ordaining payment to be made. Dated 
Edinburgh, 13 February 1664. 

Executions : 27 February 1664, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against both personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Adam TurnbuU, mason, portioner of 
Newsteid, and Andrew Andersone, burgess of Sel- 
kirk (to charge given to William Fisher), and John 
Mylne and Nicol Cochrane, portioners of Newtoune 
(to charge given to Thomas Cochrane). 15 March 
1664, by the same, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; 
witnesses, Robert Elliot in Lennope, and William 
Bullerwall, lawful son of William Bullerwall, bur- 
gess of Jedburgh ; and at the market cross of Mel- 
rose, John Mar, weaver there, and George Wilsone, 
weaver in Longhaughe. 

July II. Horning — John, Earl of Haddington, against John 

Lithhead, flesher, burgess of Selkirk, on Bond, 24 June 
1663 to complainer for 50 merks, with 10 merks of penalty. 
Dated Edinburgh, 26 May 1664. 



INHIBITION— KER v. KER 



73 



Executions : 2 June 1664, by William Kirkwood, mes- 
senger, against John Lithhead at his dwelling 
house ; witnesses, John Mar and William Wallace, 
weavers in Melrose. 11 July 1664, by the same, at 
the market cross of Selkirk ; witnesses, Francis 
Murray, messenger there, and Andrew Andersone, 
merchant there ; and at the market cross of Mel- 
rose ; witnesses, John Mar and William Wallace, 
weavers in Melros. 

Inhibition — Robert Ker of Fadonesyd against William August 20. 
Ker, portioner of Newtoune, in respect of Bond by him to 
Thomas Ker of Newtoune, his brother, assigned by the said 
Thomas to the complainer, and sums due by the said 
William for relief of the said Thomas, who was cautioner 
for him to creditors. [No dates or sums mentioned.] 
Dated Edinburgh, 4 July 1664. 

Executions : 28 and 29 July 1664, by William Kirk- 
wood, messenger, against William Ker personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, John Mylne and Thomas 
Stenhous, portioners of Newtoune. 29 July 1664, 
at the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, William 
Skugall and John Porteous, indwellers there ; at 
the market cross of Melrose, James Ker, elder, 
there, and William Wallace, weaver there. 

Horning — John, Earl of Hadingtone, against William 1665. 
Fisher, younger, portioner of Darnick, for 140 1. 11 s. 4 d. ^ "^"^^ '^' 
of feu-duty for the lands in Darnick held of the com- 
plainer, for Whitsunday and Martinmas 1664, with 8 1. of 
expenses, and the like sum yearly in time coming during 
his possession, conform to Decreet, 19 November last, by 
the bailie-deputfe of the regality of Melrose. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 23 December 1664. 

Executions : 10 January 1665, by William Kirkwood, 
messenger, against him personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Andrew Fisher of Westerhousebyre, and 
James Edgar in Melrose. 16 February 1665, at 
the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, William 



74 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Broune, bailie there, and Adam Porteous there ; and 
at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, Andrew 
Phaupe, officer there, and John Mar, weaver there. 

March 8. INHIBITION — John Howlatsone, lawful son of deceased 
John Howlatsone, indweller in Ersiltone, and violer in 
Edinburgh, against John Davidsone, portioner of Blainslie, 
indweller in Ersiltone, for 400 merks due by his Bond, 
4 October last, to the complainer, with promise to infeft 
him in an annual rent of 16 1. Scots secured over his half 
husband land, presently possessed by Margaret Turner 
his mother, pertaining to him heritably, with houses, 
yards, orchards, and pertinents, in the town and territory 
of Blainslie, with 40 1. of penalty ; also for 100 merks due 
by his Bond, 20 October last, to the complainer, and 
20 merks of penalty. Dated Edinburgh, 20 January 1665. 

Executions : 7 March 1665, by Thomas Cranstone, mes- 
senger, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, 
Thomas Porteous, merchant burgess of Jedburgh, 
and John Thomson, one of the ordinary officers of 
the sheriffdom of Roxburgh, 27 March 1665, by 
William Kirkwood, messenger, against him, per- 
sonally apprehended ; witnesses, James Waughe, 
wright in Melrose, and Andrew Mosse, servitor to 
Andrew Mein, portioner of Newsteid. Same day, 
at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, James 
Ker, elder, and Thomas Blakie.in Melrose. 

Tuf^is Horning — John Sheill, indweller in Blanislie, against 

John Sounhous, portioner of Blanislie, and John Greive, 
portioner there, his cautioner, in respect of Bond, 20 June 
1663, to the complainer for 589 merks, with 50 merks of 
penalty, and Decreet, 13 June 1666, of the baiUe of regality 
for payment. Dated Edinburgh, 20 June 1666. 

Executions : 10 July 1666, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against the principal, at his dwelling house ; 
witnesses, Mr. John Waughe, schoolmaster at Melros, 
James Sounhous in Blanislie, and Patrick Sandie- 
lands there. 17 July 1666, by Thomas Cranstone, 



HORNING— BULMANE v. UNES 75 

messenger, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; wit- 
nesses, George Buchane, skinner, burgess of Edin- 
burgh, and John Thomsone, sheriff officer. 18 July 
1666, by Andrew Phaupe, messenger, at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, John Bunyie, elder, 
portioner of Newsteid, and John Lithhead, por- 
tioner of Melrose. 

Horning — Andrew Bulmane in Long Newtoune against October is. 
Thomas Unes in Lassudden, son and heir of deceased John 
Unes, to fulfil Decreet of the Sheriff of Roxburgh, 23 Jan- 
uary 1666, ordaining him to pay to the complainer, as 
assignee of deceased Stephen Bulman, his father, the sum 
of 100 1. Scots contained in two Bonds by said deceased 
John Unes in Lassudden and James Rutherfurd, smith 
there, conjointly, to the said deceased Stephen, and -22 1. 
of bygone annual-rents, and 9 1. of expenses. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 20 September 1666. 

Executions : 24 September 1666, by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, against him personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, John Coitt, officer, portioner of Las- 
sudden, and Mark Kyll, servitor to David Kyll, 
smith, portioner there. 16 October 1666, by 
Thomas Cranstone, messenger, at the market cross of . 
Jedburgh ; witnesses, James Waughe, indweller in 
Melrose, and James Madder, sheriff officer of Rox- 
burgh. 17 October 1666, by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, 
John Bowstoune, portioner of Darnick, Andrew 
Penman, portioner of Melrose, and George Ellies, 
weaver there. 

Inhibition — Agnes Rutherfuird, widow of George Adam- 1667. 
sone in Longnewtoun, and Mr. James Adamsone, her eldest 
lawful son, against Patrick Riddell, portioner of Lassudden, 
who granted Bond, 7 February instant, for 1000 merks 
borrowed from the said Mr. James Adamson, and promised 
in security thereof to infeft him in fee and the said Agnes 
Rutherfuird in liferent in an annual-rent of 40 L or thereby 



76 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

uplif table from his half husband land and whole onstead of 
houses and yards in Lassudden, in the town and territory 
thereof. Dated Edinburgh, 21 February 1667. 

Executions : 26 February 1667, by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, against him (personally apprehended) ; 
witnesses, William Kyll in Lang Newtounmylne, 
and William Bowar in Melrose. (Same day), at the 
market crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses 
at former, John Douglas, gardener in Meidshealls, 
and William Dowglas in Easter Undlie ; and at 
latter, Thomas Law and George Ellies, weavers in 
Melrose. 

August 12. Suspension — Adam Lythgow in Melros, James Pater- 
spne there, John Bell there, Thomas Bell there, Andrew 
Wallace there, George Uschar in Darnick, John HalyTvall 
in Galtonesyde, John Halywall Faw there, Thomas Haly- 
wall there, James Mar there, James Mean in Newsteid, and 
James Mylne in Newtoun, weavers, against David Weems, 
merchant in Dundee, who has charged them to pay to him 
or his factors certain fines and penalties for infringing 
Act 43, Session 1 of Parliament [sic] anent the breadth of 
linen cloth ; but the charge is general, and the fine if due 
is not payable to him but to sheriffs, stewards, and bailies 
of regality, and they being convened before the regality 
court of Melrose for the said offence have paid their fines 
already to the procurator-fiscal. John Scot of Galtone- 
syde becomes cautioner for their obtempering, the charge 
if found liable. Dated Edinburgh, 8 August 1667. 
[No executions.] 

October 30. INHIBITION — Gcorge Wallace, notary in Melrose, against 
William Ker, portioner of Newtoun, who gave Bond, 
19 August 1661, to Mr. Michael Wallace, portioner of 
Melrose, for 300 merks, with 30 merks of expenses, who 
assigned the same on 20 May 1663 to the complainer. 
Dated Edinburgh, 24 September 1667. 

Executions : 28 October and 26 November 1667, by 
Andrew Phaupe, messenger, against William Ker, 



INHIBITION— HOULATSONE v. WALLACE 77 

at his dwelling house, and at the market crosses of 
Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses, Robert Young 
in Melrose, George Blaikie there, Thomas Drydone, 
burgess of Jedburgh, John Maben, commissary 
officer in Maxtone. 

Horning — Rutherford and Adamson against Riddell November 29. 
(as 16 March supra). Dated Edinburgh, 27 August 1667. 

Executions : 14 November 1667, by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, against Patrick Riddell personally appre- 
hended ; witnesses, George Buckholme in Long- 
newtoune, and George Bulman there. 26 November 
1667, at the market cross of Jedburgh, by the same ; 
witnesses, Thomas Drydone, burgess of Jedburgh, 
and Adam Madder, burgess there. 27 November 
, 1667, at the market cross of Melrose, by the same ; 
witnesses, John Litheheid, portioner of Melrose, 
and Michael Gibsone there. 

Horning — John Kerr, portioner of Melrose, against 1669- 
Thomas Law, weaver there, for 41 1. 18 s. 8 d. Scots in 
terms of Decreet of regality court of Melrose, dated . . ., 
and 10 1. of expenses. Dated Edinburgh, 30 July 1668. 

Executions : 11 August 1668, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against Thomas Law, personally ; witnesses, 
Alexander Ridpeth, wright in Melrose, and Thomas 
Bell, weaver there. 23 and 24 February 1669, by 
the same, at the market crosses of Jedburgh and 
Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh) George Madder, 
cordiner burgess there, and John Robsone, skinner 
burgess there ; (at Melrose) William Wallace in 
MelrosCj Markie [sic] Blaikie there. 

Inhibition — John Houlatsone, musician, burgess of '^yo. 
Edinburgh, against John Wallace, younger, eldest lawful ^' 

son of John Wallace, smith, portioner of Blainslie, who on 
20 October 1669 ratified a Disposition, 23 and 25 May 1668, 
by him and his father, with consent of Thomas Lythgow, 
eldest lawful son procreated between deceased James 
Lythgow of Drygrainge and deceased Isobel Hardie his 



T8 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

first spouse, to the complainer irredeemably of their half 
husband land in Blainslie, with pertinents, sometime 
belonging to deceased John Davidsone in Blainslie, there- 
after to the said deceased Isobel Hardie and James Lyth- 
gow, thereafter to Thomas Lythgow, their son, and there- 
after to the said deceased John Wallace in liferent and his 
son in fee, as principal, and their husband land in Blainslie 
and half husband land there called Cairtersecroft, with 
pertinents, in the town and territory of Blainlsie, in 
warrandice. Dated Edinburgh, 7 April 1670. 

Executions : 2 June 1670, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against John Wallace, personally ; wit- 
nesses, his father John Wallace, smith, Thomas 
Watsone and William Hall, in Blainslie. 23 June 
1670, by the same, at the market crosses of Jed- 
burgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), 
Andrew Mader, burgess there, and John Robiesone, 
skinner burgess there ; (at Melrose), William 
Wallace, weaver, portioner of Melrois, and George 
Adamsone, smith there. 

Suspension — Robert Trotter of Eisterhousbyre against 
John Trotter, his eldest lawful son, and Isobel Lythgow 
his spouse, who have charged him to infeft them in con- 
joint fee, and their heirs in fee heritably, in the room and 
lands of Eisterhousbyre, with teinds, and his lands in the 
town of Newsteid, with teinds, ' reservand alwayes to him 
and Barbra Eillies his spouse dureing all the dayes of 
the said compleiner his lyfetyme and of the saids ten- 
nandries of land of Eisterhousbyre or Newsteid efter the 
solemnizatione of the mariadj eftermentionat, as als 
reservand to the said Barbra Eillies efter his deceise their 
onsteid and yeards perteaneing therto in Newsteid togidder 
with tua aikers of his mae aikers of land lyand within the 
toun of Newsteid togidder alsoe with that parcell of land 
called the Wellmeidow dureing her widowheid,' conform 
to Contract of Marriage, 2 October 1658, between said 
John Trotter and his son on one part and James Lythgow 
of Drygrainge, and said Isobel, his lawful daughter, on other 



SUSPENSION— TROTTER v. TROTTER 79 

part, and Decreet, 2 May 1661, by the bailie of regality 
of Melrose thereupon ; and for nonfulfilment have im- 
prisoned him in the tolbooth of Jedburgh, where he re- 
mains, being above eighty years old. He alleges that before 
fulfilment of his part, his said son was by the said contract 
obliged to pay to him the portion he received with the said 
Isobel, for a provision to the rest of his children. Besides, 
he granted precept in the said Contract for infefting the 
said Isobel Lythgow in the above subjects, and conform 
thereto she has taken infeftment ; and at his son's request 
he subscribed several wadset rights and heritable bonds, 
whereon sasine has followed, in favour of his son's creditors, 
viz. Walter Scott of Gladswood, James Eillies of Huntlie- 
wood, John Mein, portioner of Newsteid, and Alexander 
Trotter, his second brother, all for the charger's behoof. 
Further, his son's unnatural treatment of him, by so im- 
prisoning him, in respect of his age, and that for a twelve 
month he was not out of his bed and cannot walk one foot, 
and his son's riotous living, whereby his whole fortune and 
estate is ruined and he has now nothing to maintain him- 
self with, merit the compassion of the Lords of Council 
and Session, and in respect thereof the letters ought to be 
suspended. Nevertheless, he has consigned in the hands 
of Sir William Bruce, Clerk of the Bills, a charter sub- 
scribed for infefting his son and the said Isobel Lythgow 
in the foresaid lands, to be given up to them if found that 
it ought to be done, and John Broun, portioner of New- 
steid, is cautioner for his escheat. Dated Edinburgh, 
22 March 1671. 

Executions : 25 March 1671, by Robert Ainslie, mes- 
senger, at market cross of Jedburgh, delivering the 
wand of peace to Robert Trotter, son of the sus- 
pender ; charging also Andrew Ainslie, provost, 
John Haswell, Andrew Rutherfoord and William 
Rutherfoord, bailies of Jedburgh, to set at liberty 
the suspender out of their tolbooth ; witnesses, John 
Whyte, merchant in Jedburgh, Thomas Ruther- 
foord, skinner there, and John Foulden, merchant 



80 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

there. 28 March 1671, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, at the market cross of Melrose, dehvering the 
wand of peace to Robert Trotter his son ; witnesses, 
Wilham Wallace, weaver, portioner of Melrose, 
James Wallace, smith there, Thomas Gray, in- 
dweller there, and Archibald Tuno, servitor to 
Andrew Tuno, notary public, portioner there. 

October 6. HoKNiNG — ^Walter Scott of Raeburne against. David 
Uns in Lessudden to obtemper Decreet of removing, 
8 July last, by the bailie-depute of the regality of Melrose, 
at complainer's instance ordaining him to remove from a 
half husband land in Lessudden, with whole onstead, 
houses and pertinents, sometime possessed by Andrew 
Bryden there, in the parish of St. Bouswalles, and of which 
the complainer is heritable proprietor. Dated Edinburgh, 
1 August 1671. 

Executions : 18 September 1671, by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, against David Uns, personally ; wit- 
nesses, David Kyll Childrein \sic\, portioner of 
Lessudden, and John Robiesone, portioner there. 
4 and 5 October 1671, by the same, at the market 
crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at 
Jedburgh) George Rutherfoord, burgess of Jed- 
burgh, and Thomas Dryden, burgess there ; (at 
Melrose) John Leitheid, portioner there, and John 
Merser," merchant there. 

October 28. HoRNiNG — James Edgar, procurator fiscal of the regality 
of Melrose, against Adam Darleing, portioner of West- 
houses, for a fine of 50 1. Scots imposed for " strykeing and 
blooding ' William Mertone of Westhouses, by decreet of 
the bailie of regality on 1st July instant. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 20 July 1671. 

Executions : 16 August 1671, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against him at his dwelling ; witnesses, 
Andrew Kennedie, ofiicer, portioner of Darnick, 
and William Ormstone, tailor in Westhouses. 26 
and 27 October 1671, at the market crosses of 



INHIBITION— HALLIBURTON v. UNSS 81 

Jedburgh and Melrose, by the said messenger ; 
witnesses (at Jedburgh), Thomas Drydone, burgess 
of Jedburgh, WiUiam Rutherfoord, burgess there ; 
(at Melrose) William Andersone, merchant there, 
and Thomas Reidfoord, portioner there. 

Inhibition — Mr. David Haliburtone, son of Thomas 1672. 
Halliburton of Neumainse, against Thomas Unss, portioner J*"""'' '*• 
of Lessudden, who gave Bond, 3 April 1667, to him for. 
439 1. Scots of borrowed money, and for annual rent of 

25 1. 10 s. in security upliftable from his seven quarters of 
land in the town and territory of Lessudden, and 40 1. of 
expenses. Dated Edinburgh, 21 December 1671. 

Executions : 2 January 1672, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, James 
Archibald, indweller in Lessudden, and John King 
there. 3 January 1672, by the same, at the market 
crosses of Melrose and Jedburgh ; witnesses (at 
Jedburgh), John Fouldone, merchant burgess of 
Jedburgh, and Andrew Madder, burgess there ; 
(at Melrose) Andrew Penman, portioner there, and 
William Andersone, merchant there. 

Horning — Same against Same. Dated Edinburgh, April 13. 

26 February 1672. 

Executions : 15 March 1672, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, David 
Kyll, smith in Lessudden, John Patone, indweller 
there. 12 April 1672, by same, at the market crosses 
of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), 
John Robsone, burgess of Jedburgh, Thomas 
Rutherfoord, burgess there ; (at Melrose) William 
Andersone, merchant there, William Wallace, por- 
tioner there. 

Horning — Mr. John Summervaill, minister of Les- Augusta, 
sudden, narrating Decreet by Commissioners for Valua- 
tion of teinds and Plantation of kirks, 28 February 1650, 
at instance of deceased Andrew Dunckiesone, minister at 
Lessudden, against John, Earl of Hadinton, David, Lord 

vol. III. F 



82 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Cardrose, Sir William Scott of Aikwood, Andrew Ker of 
Litledean, Andrew Ker of Morieston, Patrick Riddell of 
St. Bouswalls, John Erskein, portioner of Dryburgh, 
James Cairncroce of Calfhill, William, Earl of Roxburgh, 
Thomas Hunter, John Patone, Henry Coatt, Mungo 
Purves, Patrick Riddell, James Thorbrand, James Purves, 
Thomas Kyll, John Richiesone, Mungo Kyll, Robert 

Coura, deceased James Stoddart, James Erskein, [sic] 

Riddell, John Gibsone, John Lidderdeall, Thomas Sten- 
house, Henry Cochran, John Laidlay, Andrew Heitoun, 
Thomas Milne, William Laidlaw, and James Currey, 

[sic] herald, ratifying and approving an Agreement 

between said Andrew Dunckiesone and David, Lord 
Cardross, titular of the parsonage teinds, for yearly pay- 
ment to the said minister and his successors, ministers of 
Lessudden, of 7 chalders victual, being 4 chalders oats and 
3 chalders bear, and 130 merks of money, with 20 1. for 
the communion elements, and ordaining the same to be 
paid by the heritors, beginning with crop 1649. The said 
heritors are therefore charged to pay the like sums to the 
complainer since 1661, when he entered to serve the said 
cure. Dated Edinburgh, 12 February 1669. 

Executions : 24 April 1672, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against Thomas Uns, portioner of Lessudden, 
David Uns, portioner there, and John Thorbrand, 
portioner there, personally, for payment as follows, 
Thomas Uns 47 1. 2 s. 8 d. Scots due prior to 1671, 
John Thorbrand 36 1. due before 1671, and David 
Uns 41 1. 2 s. 6 d. due prior to 1670 ; witnesses, 
Mungo Paton, indweller in Lessudden, John Patone, 
indweller there. 15 and 17 June 1672, by same, 
against Thomas and David Uns, at the market 
crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at Mel- 
rose), William Wallace and Mark Blaikie, portioners 
there ; (at Jedburgh) Andrew Maider and John 
Robieson, burgesses there, 

Augusts, Horning — Robert Pringle of Blindlie against Andrew 
Pringle in Coblehouse and Robert Mertone, portioner of 



HORNING— LYTHGOW v. HALLIBURTON 83 

Westhouses, to implement Contract, 28 November 1670, 
whereby the complainer, requiring men and servants to 
fish and use the water of Tueid between the Newsteid 
mill on the east and the Blackcraig in Crayweillheid at 
Gallamouth on the west, with nets, fishing cobles, wasters 
and wands, or any o'ther method, set a tack to the said 
Andrew Pringle and Robert Mertone, equally between 
them, from Martinmas 1670 to Martinmas 1671, to labour 
the said stretch of water and faithfully render to the com- 
plainer, his house and family, the just half of all fish then 
to be taken and killed by them, under pain of 20 1. 
Dated Edinburgh, 6 February 1672. 

Executions ; 26 February 1672, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against them personally ; witnesses, Robert 
and James Pringle, sons of George Pringle in Coble- 
housse. 8 June 1672, by the same at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, George Merser in 
Darnick, John Merser in Melrose. 

Horning — Margaret Lythgow, lawful daughter of de- ,^*73- 
ceased Thomas Lythgow, portioner of Ridpeth, and James " ^ '^ ' 
Eillies of Huntliewood her husband, for his interest, against 
Mark Halyburtone, brother german to deceased John 
Halliburton sometime of Mertone, for 50 merks, with 
10 merks of expenses, contained in his Bond, 14 June 1642, 
to the complainer. Dated Edinburgh, 25 October 1670. 
Executions : 15 July 1673 [sic], by Andrew Phaupe, 
messenger, against him personally ; witnesses, Mr. 
John Greiv in Newmainse, Patrick Leirmont, 
servitor to John Haliburtone of Newmainse, 3 July 
1673 [sic], by the same, at the market cross of 
Lauder ; witnesses, James Hunter, burgess of 
Jedburgh, and Thomas Cochran, portioner of 
Newtoune. 

Horning — John Penman, portioner of Melrois, against 1674. 
George Eillies in Darnick to obtemper Decreet, 2 August J*""^''^ 3- 
last, by the Sheriff of Roxburgh and his deputes for pay- 
ment to the complainer of 40 merks, with 5 merks of 
expenses. Dated Edinburgh, 6 November 1673. 



84 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Executions: 11 November 1673, by Andrew Phaup, 
messenger, against him personally ; witnesses, 
Mark Blaikie, portioner of Melrois, John Hog, 
weaver there. 23 and 26 December 1673, at the 
market crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses 
(at Jedburgh), Adam Robsone and Andrew Maider, 
burgesses of Jedburgh ; (at Melrose) Robert Leit- 
heid and Robert Reidfoord, students at Melrose 
school. 

February ai. SUSPENSION — William Lukup in Danzeltoune against 
George Aird in Clarielaw, who charges him for payment of 
8 1. Scots, with 33 s. 4 d, expenses, and also 16 1. for certian 
bear alleged bought by the complainer, with 41. 6 s. 8 d. 
of expenses of plea, conform to Decreet, 25 June 1672, by 
the Sheriff of Roxburgh and his deputes. He owes him no- 
thing, because when he bought the meal and bear as afore- 
said, for more ready payment he and the charger entered 
into a bargain (after the decreet was pronounced) that the 
complainer, being a wright to trade, should deliver to the 
charger six ' shyres ' and two great ' kists ' in payment of 
the debt, which he did, and can prove by his servants or 
refer to the charger's oath. Besides, if the money were 
still due, the same cannot be delivered up by him, being 
on account of the said decreet arrested in his hands at 
the instance of creditors. Andrew Bell, wright in Melrose, 
becomes cautioner for performance if found liable. Dated 
Edinburgh, 10 February 1674. 

Execution : 16 February 1674, by Andrew Tunno, mes- 
senger, at the market cross of Melrose, relaxing the 
said William Lukup from the horn by delivery of 
the wand of peace to him personally ; witnesses, 
John Leitheid, portioner of Melrose, Harry Wallace, 
smith there, and Andrew Kennedie, portioner of 
Darnick. 

Junes. Lawborrows — ^William Auchterloney in Aberbrothick, 

John Lyell in Edzell, James Mein in Coldonknouesbyres, 
portioner of Newsteid, John Mein, his son, James Ker 
his servitor, Adam Turnbull, mason, portioner there, 



LAWBORROWS, AUCHTERLONEY 85 

William Sclaitter, portioner there, John Main, maltman 
there, John Bunzie, weaver there, Bernard Main, portioner 
there, Robert Mein of Moriestoun, Robert Forsan, portioner 
of Neusteid, James Bunzie, John Mein, weaver, Andrew 
Mein, mason, John Mein, hostler, James Mein alias David's 
James, John Bunzie, John Broun, Alexander Mein, mason, 
James Mein, weaver, Andrew Wilsone, James Merser, 
James Mein in Tounheid, George Mein, weaver, John Mein, 
mason, James Bunzie, elder, weaver, William Mein, smith, 
William Fisher, portioner of Newsteid, Robert Riddell, 
weaver there, Mr. William Mein of Newsteid, John Mein, 

mason, alias \_sic\, against Thomas Scott and John 

Stevinsone, indwellers in Glasgow, John Rodger, portioner 
of Ridpeth, James Purves his servitor, James Rodger, 
cordiner, his brother there, John and Alexander Andersone, 
sons of William Andersone there, John and Thomas Broun 
there, Thomas Miln there, John Scheill, portioner of Ersil- 
toun, James Scheill of Haughheid, John Flaebairn in Ersil- 
toun, George and James Flaebairn his brethren, Thomas 
Flaebairn, indweller in Edinburgh, William Denham, 
portioner of Ridpeth, John, William and David Denham, 
his sons, James Waugh in Melrose, James Miln there, 
James Purves, smith in Ersiltoune, Adam Darling, portioner 
of Westhouses, Robert Bunzie, mason in Newsteid, and 
Walter Braidie his servant, who out of causeless^ hatred 
and malice daily molest and trouble the complainers in 
possession of their lands, coalheughs, etc., by causing their 
bestial pasture on and destroy the complainers' meadows 
and grass, trespassing on their grounds and making passage 
through the same, eating and destroying their trees and 
planting, cutting peat and fuel, and threatening their lives. 
Each landed man is to find caution in 1000 merks and each 
unlanded man in 400 merks, within six days. Dated 
Edinburgh, 31 October 1672. 

Executions : 25 May 1674, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at the instance of James Mein in Coldin- 
knoues byres, portioner of Neusteid (who gave his 
oath that he dreaded bodily harm), against Robert 
Bunzie, mason, portioner of Newsteid, at his dwell- 



86 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

ing house ; witnesses, Robert Hunter, indweller in 
Coldonknowesbyres, and James Phaup, indweller in 
Melrose. 1 June 1674, by the same, at the market 
crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose, against said 
Robert Bunzie ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), Andrew 
Mader, burgess of Jedburgh, John Robsone, burgess 
there ; (at Melrose) Henry Wallace, smith in Melrose, 
George Eillies, wright in Darnick. 

1675- Suspension — George Pattersone in Gallasheils, Andrew 

Ritchie in Westhouses, James Darling there, Thomas 
Mathiesone there, Robert Mertone in Coblehouse, and 
Robert Ormstone there, against Robert Pringle of Blindlie, 
who has raised letters charging them to fuid lawborrows 
to him, each landed person under penalty of 1000 merks, 
unlanded persons 400 merks ; but he has not given his 
oath that he dreads bodily harm, and the penalties are 
above those required by Act of Parliament. John Wilsone 
in Gallasheills has become cautioher for their obedience 
if required. Dated Edinburgh, 24 November 1674. 

Executions : 9 January 1675, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at the market crosses of Melrose, relaxing 
them by delivery of the wand of peace to George 
Paterson and Robert Merbone in name of the rest ; 
witnesses, Thomas Law, weaver in Melrose, and 
Thomas Gray, carrier there. 12 January 1675, by 
the same, at the market cross of Jedburgh, relaxing 
them by delivering the wand of peace to James 
Phaup, officer in Over Nisbet ; witnesses, John 
Robsone and John Neutoun, burgesses of Jedburgh. 
14 January 1675, by the same, at the market cross 
of Selkirk, relaxing the said George Paterson by 
delivering the wand of peace to John Douglas in 
Selkirk ; witnesses, John Dobsone in Selkirk, Harry 
Douglas in Midlim. 

March 20. Lawborkows — Alexander Lythgou of Drygrainge against 
Andrew Halliwall, weaver in Gattonsyde, Archibald Frier, 
wright there, William Wright, smith there, John 
Halliwall there, John Hog there, John Scot, elder and 



LAWBORROWS, LYTHGOU 87 

younger, there, Thomas Halliwall, weaver there, John 
Thomsone, weaver there, Robert Ormstone there, William 
Mertone, tyler there, Robert Mein, portioner there, John 
Winter, weaver there, William Vaitch, portioner there, 
William Boustone, weaver there, George Hoy, portioner 
there, Robert Philp there, Robert Ormstone in Coblehouse, 
Robert Mertone there, Andrew Ritchie in Westhouses, 
Adam Darling there, James Lyndsay there, William 
Mertone there, Andrew Pringle, fisher there, John Ker, 
indweller in Melrose, George and Andrew Mertone there, 
William Wallace, merchant there, Thomas Law there, 
James Lamb there, William Fisher, portioner of Darnick, 
Gilbert Eliot there, William Mein, smith in Newsteid, 
Alexander Mein, mason there, Robert Forsone, miller 
there, Robert Bunzie, mason there, Bernard Mein, por- 
tioner there, Andrew Trumbull, mason there, John Broune, 
portioner there, James Bunzie, weaver there, William 
Fisher, portioner there, Robert Mabene, indweller there, 
Thomas Turner, fisher in Ridpeth, William Bell, portioner 
there, John Broune there, John Carncroce there, Thomas 
Millne there, John and Alexander Andersone there, William 
Turner, Alexander Andersone, Thomas Watsone there, 
James Rodger there, William Fisher in Sorlesfeild, Andrew 
Fisher in Westerhousebyre, Robert Frier his tenant there, 
John Merser there, John Purves in Drygrainge, James 
Moffatt there, and James Fisher, portioner of Blanslie, 
who daily invade his lands and fishings and threaten his 
tenants and servants, to find caution in 1000 merks and 
400 merks, according as they are landed or unlanded 
persons, for his indemnity. Dated Edinburgh, 27 Feb- 
ruary 1675. 

Executions : 6 March 1675, by Andrew Phaup, messen- 
ger, against Alexander Mein, personally ; witnesses, 
Andrew Plumber of Midlesteid, James Eilles of 
Huntlywood, Andrew Kennedie and George Blakie, 
officers in the regality of Melrose. 15 March 1675, 
by the same, at the market cross of Melrose ; wit- 
nesses, William Andersone, merchant in Melrose, 
and William Laing. wright there. 



88 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

inidfis Suspension — ^Andrew Wilsone, portioner of Newsteid 
against Robert Bunzie, mason there, who charges him for 
200 merks, with 40 merks of expenses, contained in Bond, 
26 August 1672 by complainer to him, registered in the 
baihe court books of the regahty of Melrose 25 January 
last, and for fifty merks, with five merks of expenses, in 
another Bond, 15 November 1673, registered in same 
books 29 January last. As to the first bond, the com- 
plainer having become apprentice to the charger, and 
satisfied him therefor, he granted this bond to free him 
of his apprenticeship, the same having become insup- 
portable because of his hard dealing with him, and this 
appears by testificate signed by honest persons in the 
same town who were witnesses thereto ; and the second 
bond was granted for bygone annual rent due upon the 
first ; of both which bonds the charger promised a dis- 
charge and often declared he never intended to take 
advantage of them. Again, both the bonds were granted 
by him before he was sixteen years old, and he has already 
revoked. John Mein, mason, portioner of Newsteid, is 
cautioner for obedience if required. Dated Edinburgh, 
29 February 1676. 

Executions : 18 March 1676, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at market cross of Jedburgh, relaxing him 
by delivering the wand of peace to James Phaup, 
officer in Grubitthaughhead ; witnesses, Andrew 
Mader and John Robsone, burgesses of Jedburgh ; 
and at the market cross of Melrose, delivering the 
wand to Andrew Baittie in Melrose ; witnesses, 
William Wallace in Melrose, James Eilleis there. 

March 25. HoRNiNG — James Edgar, procurator fiscal of the regality 
of Melrose, against Robert Mertone .in Westhouses, and 
James Waugh in Newmaines of Danzieltoune, his cautioner, 
for 40 1. ScQts, with 10 merks of expenses, by their Bond, 
12 July 1675, to him. Dated Edinburgh, 11 February 
1676. 

Executions : 21 February 1676, by Andrew Phaup, 
messenger, against them personally apprehended ; 



INHIBITION— BUNZIE v. WILSONE 89 

witnesses, Robert Ormstone in Gattonsyde, Thomas 
Williamsone in Westhouses. 28 March 1676, at 
the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, Andrew 
Mader and John Robsone, burgesses of Jedburgh. 

Inhibition — George Turner in Calfhill against William April 13. 
Carncroce of AUanshaws, and Walter Carncroce, fiar 
thereof, his eldest lawful son and apparent heir, for 3000 
merks in Bond, 9 July 1675, as borrowed from him, con- 
taining obligation to infeft him in security in an annual- 
rent of 120 1. out of their room and lands of Allanshawe, 
with 300 merks of penalty if they failed. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 4 April 1676. 

Executions : 11 April 1676, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against them personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, John Pearsone in AUanshaws, James 
Moffat, indweller in Gallasheils. 13 April 1676, at 
the market crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; wit- 
nesses (at Jedburgh), Andrew Mader and John 
Robiesone, burgesses there ; (at Melrose) Thomas 
Bunzie, merchant in Melrose, Thomas Hunter, 
merchant there. 

Inhibition — ^Robert Bunzie, mason in Newsteid, against October. 24. 
Andrew Wilsone, portioner there, in respect of the two 
Bonds above mentioned (in last Suspension). Dated 
Edinburgh, 28 July 1676. 

Executions : 9 October 1676, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, James 
Merser, portioner of Newsteid, and Robert Mabone 
there. 24 October 1676, at the market crosses of 
Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), 
Andrew Mader, baker, burgess of Jedburgh, and 
Thomas Dryden, burgess there ; (at Melrose) James 
Wallace, smith in Melrose, John Merser, merchant 
there. 

Suspension — ^Andrew Merser, maltman in Darnick, 1677. 
.Eupham Fisher his spouse, George Merser, merchant there, "^ ° ^"^ '^" 
Andrew Kennedie there, William Merser called the Wall, 



90 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

against James M'lUdonich in Heatoune, Thomas Japhray 
there, Thomas M'Gilland in Venallsyde, Mr. James Sum- 
mervell, writer in Edinburgh, David and Francis Scot, 

brothers of deceased Scot of Tushellaw, Andrew 

Fisher of Westerhousbyre, James and Andrew Fisher his 
sons, Michael Fisher, brother of said Andrew, WiUiam 
Ker of Brodwoodsheill, who charge the complainers to 
find lawborrows in 400 merks each, but have not given 
oath that they dread bodily harm, and the penalty is 
exorbitant and should not exceed 40 1. They have found 
John Andersone, portioner of Melrose, cautioner for obeying 
the charge if required. Dated Edinburgh, 9 October 1677. 

Executions : 11 October 1677, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, relaxing Andrew Merser and Eupham Fisher 
by delivery at the market cross of Melrose to James 
Eilles, writer in Edinburgh, of the wand of peace ; 
witnesses, Francis Scot and Thomas Bunzie, in- 
dwellers in Melrose. 12 October 1677, at the 
market cross of Jedburgh, delivering the wand of 
peace to John Whytte, burgess there ; witnesses, 
John Ansly, burgess of Jedburgh and Adam Ansly, 
officer there. 

Septembers/. INHIBITION — Georgc Tumer in Calf hill against Walter 
Camcroce, fiar of Allanshauss, for 80 merks, with 100 merks 
of penalty, due by his Bond, 22 January 1677, to the com- 
plainer. Dated Edinburgh, 2 August 1677. 

Executions : 25 September 1677, by Andrew Phaup, 
messenger, affixing a copy on the ground and lands 
of Allanshaes ; witnesses, John Laidlaw, herd in 
Colmsliehill, and Adam Wilsone, herd there. 29 
September 1677, at the market crosses of Jedburgh 
and Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), Andrew 
Jerdone, burgess of Jedburgh, John Robiesone, 
burgess there ; (at Melrose) William and James 
Edgar, lawful sons of James Edgar, portioner of 
Melrose. 

]^^J-"z} Suspension — Robert Clerk, merchant in Gattonsyde, 
against Richard Halliwell, merchant burgess of Selkirk, 



HORNING— WAUGH 91 

who charges him for 440 merks, with 40 1. of penalty, con- 
tained in a pretended Minute of Agreement, 12 August 
1676, between them, registered in Burgh court books of 
Selkirk, 11 December 1676 ; but the charger has not 
implemented his part of the agreement to grant a suffi- 
cient and ample right to the complainer to a contract of 
wadset between him and John Donaldsone, glover, burgess 
of Selkirk, of his dwelling house and stable presently pos- 
sessed by the said Richard Halliwall and to enter the 
complainer to possession thereof ; and the complainer 
also made offer in presence of the bailies of Selkirk of 
the whole sums charged for, but the said Richard Halli- 
wall refused to perform his part, and still retains the 
house and stable. John Ord, merchant in Edinburgh, is 
cautioner for obedience if required. Dated Edinburgh, 
12 June 1677. 

Executions : 13 June 1677, by William Hoome, mes- 
senger, at market cross of Edinburgh, relaxing the 
said Robert by delivering the wand of peace to 
James Eilleis, writer in Edinburgh, in his name ; 
witnesses, John Gourly, messenger in Edinburgh, 
and William Stavinsone, indweller there. 22 June 
1677, by Andrew Phaup, messenger, at market cross 
of Melrose, delivering the wand of peace to Robert 
Clark himself; witnesses, Michael Sheill, servitor 
to Thomas Wilkiesone, clerk of Melrose, John 
Leitheid, indweller there. 

Horning — James Waugh in Melrois against ... in ^^^^"u 
respect of Decreet, 3 February 1672 by bailies of regality 
of Melrose at instance of Thomas Harvie in Maxpople for 
61. 5 s. Scots and 18 s. expenses of plea, and Assignation 
thereof, 21 February 1676 by Thomas Harvie to the com- 
plainer ; also against Michael Gibsone, flesher in Melrose, 
for 9 1. 12 s. and 36 s. expenses, due by Decreet 21 March 
1674 at complainer 's instance ; also against John Claper- 
tone in Longhaugh for 10 1. Scots and 20 s. expenses, and 
redelivery of 4 merks, as in Decreet, 13 April last at com- 
plainer's instance. Dated Edinburgh, 22 November 1678. 



92 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Executions : 4 December 1678, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against John Claperton at his dwelling 
house in Longhaugh ; witnesses, John Fratter in 
Longhaugh, William Wilsone there. 21 December 

1678, at the market cross of Melrose, against same; 
witnesses, Andrew Penman, portioner of Melrose, 
Mark Blakie, portioner there. 

August 29. Horning — ^Andrew Phaup, oflBcer of the regality of 
Melrose, against Margaret Barrie, portioner of Gattonsyde, 
for 58 merks, with 5 merks of expenses, contained in Decreet 
at his instance, 20 June 1663, before the baihe of regality 
against her. Dated Edinburgh, 29 January 1679. 

Executions : 28 March 1679, by Andrew Tunno, mes- 
senger, against her personally ; witnesses, Robert 
Frier, portioner of Gattonsyde, Robert Ormstone 
there, and Adam Darling in Westhouses. 1 August 

1679, by Rolland Greive, messenger, at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, John Leitheid, por- 
tioner of Melrois, and Robert Mar there. 

1680. Horning — Charles, Earl of Hadintone, against Thomas 

Stenhouse in Newtoune, John Riddell, James Trumbull, 
William Milne, William Eckles, James Laidlaw, and Nicol 
Couchrane, tenants and occupiers of the town, houses, 
yards and land of Newton ; Adam Trumbull in Newsteid, 
John Bunzie, weaver, Robert Forsane, miller, William 
Fisher, James Mar, Andrew Mein, ' Kill Andro,' John Mein, 
mason, Robert Mein, mason, Robert Riddell, John Bunzie, 
officer, James Bunzie, weaver, John Mein, mason, Easter, 
Robert Meiii, Tounhead, Robert Bunzie, mason there, 
James Broune, and Thomas Bunzie, possessors and occu- 
piers of the town, lands, houses and yards of Neusteid ; 
John Rathie [? Kathie] in Melrose, David and William 
Cuik, John Wright, John Bowar, Alexander Mein, mason, 
John Hunter, cordiner, James Mylne, William and James 
Waugh, Thomas Law, John Hog, George Wallace, Mr. 
Michael Wallace, Andrew Penman, and Thomas Bowie, 
■ tenants and occupiers of the tenements and yards in Mel- 
rose, houses, and yards within this precinct thereof and the 



HORNING— LORD HADDINGTON 93 

acres called the Annay of Melrose, ' aikers in the hill and 
parts and cavills in the Wairds of Melrois ' ; Andrew 
Reneldsone in Darnick, John Mosse, William Merser, Wall, 
Andrew Merser, Pooll, George Usher, John Usher, Hew 
Boustone, George Hounam, Lang, Walter Dalgleis, Robert 
Boustone, James Clappertone, Andrew Hounam, John 
Thomsone, John Fisher, George Merser and Helen Usher 
his mother, William Muddle, George Hounam, Bessie 
Griersone his spouse, and Michael Fisher her son, and 
Alexander Heitone there, tenants and occupiers of the 
town and lands of Darnick, houses, yards, and pertinents 
thereof ; Andrew Beattie in Bridgend, George Hounam, 
Andrew Boustone, John Usher, and John Merser, Loch- 
breast, tenants and occupiers of the town and lands of 
Bridgend, houses, yards and pertinents thereof, and 
Lairds land ; George Bartone in Gattonsyde,. Thomas 
Boustone, James Taitt, Robert Frier, Robert Duncane, 
Robert Scot, John Halliwall, elder and younger, John 
Mabone, Walter Vaitch, George Hoy, Andrew Hallwall, 
William Boustone, Robert Ormstone, Thomas Moffet, 
Robert Clark, merchant, Thomas Halliwall, Henry and 
Thomas Mylles, Robert Boustone, John Halliwoll, Croce, 
Archibald Frier, James Boustone, Thomas Halliwoll, John 
Hoy, William Mertone, tyler, John Mein, Thomas Mabone, 

Thomas Boustone, Eastcoat, William [sic], Thomas 

Boustone, Duckdubs, John Thomsone, Robert Mylls, and 
Janet Halliwall, widow of Robert Halliwall there, tenants 
and occupiers of the town and lands of Gattonsyde with 
the houses, yards and pertinents thereof; Adam Darling 
in Westhouses, William Mertone, Robert Sheill and James 
Darling there, tenants and occupiers of the acres, houses 
and yards in Westhouses with the pertinents ; John Thin 
in Blanslie, Margaret Turner, widow, John Sounhouse, 
Thomas Darling, James Rollmanous, Thomas Darling [sic], 
Jame Pringle and George Rollmanous there, tenants and 
occupiers of the town and lands of Blanslie ; Peter Moffett 
in Thriepwood, James Mein, Peter Moffet [sic] and George 
Moffet there, tenants and occupiers of the town and lands 
of Thriepwood ; John Fisher and Alexander Patersone, 



94 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

tenants and occupiers of the lands of Old Melrose with 
the pertinents ; John Riddell in Lessuden, William Porteus, 
John Patoun, elder and younger, there, tenants and occu- 
piers of the town and lands of Lessuden with the pertinents ; 
James Bowar in Eildone, James Bowar, younger, Richard 
Mein and Alison Mein his spouse, and Robert Mein, tenants 
and occupiers of the town and lands of Eildone, houses, 
yards and pertinents ; against all of whom he obtained 
Decreet of removing, before the bailie of regality, 31 May 
1679, to vacate the same at Whitsunday 1679, who refuse 
so to do unless compelled. The letters are dated at Edin- 
burgh, 3 February 1680. 

Executions : 21 and 23 February 1680, by Andrew 
Phaup, messenger, against James Trumbull, por- 
tioner in Newton, and several others [35 in all] ^ 
all personally apprehended ; witnesses, John Mein, 
portioner of Newsteid, Andrew Heitone in Dar- 
nicke, Andrew Mar, portioner of Gattonsyde, John 
Stirling, portioner of Blanslie, and others. 18 May 
1680, at the market crosses of Jedburgh and Mel- 
rose, by same messenger against the sanae persons ; 
witnesses (at Jedburgh), John Robsone and Andrew 
Hardie, burgesses of Jedburgh ; (at Melrose) John 
Leithead, portioner of Melrois, John Stenhouse 
there, George Merser, merchant in Darnicke. 

August 3. Inhibition — Charles, Earl of Hadintone, narrating that 
by his infeftments and sasine, dated 6th May 1670, he is in 
possession of the lordship and barony of Melrose compre- 
hending ' all and haill the monestery and presinct of 
Melrois conteaning the tower fortalice and manor place of 
Melrois with houses biggings yeards orchards and pertinents 
of the samen, all and haill these ane and threttieth tene- 
ments of lands portiones of land and ane and threttieth 
aikers called Litle Fordell, all and haill the lands off Allan- 
shaues with ther pertinents, the lands of Trouplaw ^ with 



' Including Robert Dinnant in Gattonside, who appears as Ro, Duncane in 
the letters. 
' Occurs as ' Wouplaw' in Inhibition, l6 August i68i, p. 104, cited as (b). 



INHIBITION— LORD HADDINGTON 95 

ther pertinents, the lands of Thriepwood, lands of William- 
law, lands of Whitlie ^ and Whitlie dykes, lands of Sorro- 
fauld, lands of Craig, lands of Fennerland,^ lands of 
Sohandou,^ lands of Caldcleuch, the nyne pound lands of 
Ridpeth, with the pertinents, the lands of Walkercroft, 
lands of Friersland, lands of Newtoune, lands of Frier- 
shaw, lands of Cringlis, lands of Munkland off Farning- 
toune, lands of Glengerrie, lands of Midhope, lands of 
Kirkhope,* lands of Shorthope, lands of Craige, otherwayes 
Craighill, lands of Langhope, lands of Fairhope, lands of 
Epilhope, mylne of Neugrainge, all lyand within the 
regalitie of Melrois and schirrefdome of Roxburgh ; all 
and haill the lands off Gattonsyde with ther pertinents 
with the teynds of the samen included, all and haill the 
lands of Annay with the pertinents with the teynds of the 
samen included, all and haill the lands off Mossehouses 
with the pertinents and teynds of the samen included, all 
and haill the lands off Friersland with the pertinents and 
teynds of the samen included, lands of Pryorwood with the 
pertinents and teynds of the samen included, lands of 
Booklawes with the pertinents, all and haill the lands of 
Westhouses, mylne, lands, multurs and sequells of the 
samen and pertinents therof included, all and haill the hoU 
[whole] fishings one the watter of Tweed, all and haill the 
lands of AUnays ^ with the pertinents, all and haill the 
lands of Wellmedow ® with the pertinents, all and haill the 
lands of Longmedow with the pertinents, and teynds of 
the samen included, all and haill the lands called the 
Subsellers land with the pertinents, the lands of Houlau- 
butts with the pertinents, all and haill the lands of New- 
steid with the pertinents and teynds of the samen included,' 



1 Occurs as ' Whytlaw' in (b). 

2 In (b) ' Femerlands ' ; in Inhibition, 31 August 1681, p. 105, cited as (c), 
reads ' Craiglands or Fennerland.' 

2 In (c) reads 'Sellarawmeadow.' " In (b) 'Kirkhope.' 

6 In (b) ' Alleyis ' ; in (c) ' Alayes.' 
« In (b) and (c) ' Westmeadows.' 

' Here in (b) are inserted 'the lands of Whitehaugh, "Whiteyaird" in (c), 
with the pertinents and teynds of the samen included.' 



96 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

all and haill the lands of Thirredounecoill ^ with the 
pertinents and teynds of the samen included, all and haill 
the lands of Baitshauhaugh with the pertinents and teynds 
of the samen included, all and haill the lands of Abbotis- 
medow with the pertinents and teynds of the samen in- 
cluded, the lands of Tunglasis ^ with the pertinents, all and 
haill the lands of Brodmedous with the pertinents and 
teynds of the samen included, lands of Old Melrois with 
the pertinents, all and haill the lands ^ of Melrois, the Green 
under the Mantill walls, the lands of Raik with the pertin- 
ents, [sic] of Melrois betuixt Gallawatter and Leider, 

lands of Bowarsbraes with the pertinents, lands of Lessuden 
with the pertinents, mylne of Neutoune, mylne lands, mul- 
turs, sequells, astrict multurs and sequells of the samen 
and pertinents therof, all and haill the lands of Danzieltoune 
with the pertinents and teynds of the samen included ; 
all and haill the village and lands of Darnick with the 
pertinents and the teynds of the samen, to witt, QuUin- 
croft,* M<=Grreisland,^ Tylhouse, Fennerland, Mariesland,® 
Berfauld, Adiceland,' Sarrismedow,* and Shorlingland,' 
with the teynds of the haill lands included ; the village 
and land of Bridgend with the pertinents, to witt, the half 
upone the Bridge and Lochbreast, with the teynds of the 
haill fornamed lands included ; all and haill the lands of 
Apletrieleaves with the pertinents, lands of Newbank ^^ 
Souterri [?] of Cairtleyes ^° with the pertinents, lands of 
Newfuird ^^ with the pertinents, half lands of Hackburne ^^ 
with the pertinents, lands of Drygrainge with the perti- 
nents, land of Clackmae with the pertinents, lands of 
Eastoning ^^ with the pertinents, lands of Housbyre with 
the pertinents, lands of Park with the pertinents, lands of 



1 In (c) ' Thisedouncoill.' ■■' In (c) ' Tanglawes." 

8 In (b) 'Wairds.' « In (b) ' Guthcroft.' 

« In (b) ' M'Quarnesland.' 6 !„ (^j . Marsland.' 

' In (b) ' Officeland.' 8 in (t,) > Sacrismeadow.' 

« In(c)'Shilingland.' 

" In (b) reads 'lands of Menbank, Foutercroft, and Cairtleyes'; in (c) 
reads ' Newbank, Soulier croft and Courtlej'es. ' 

" In (b) ' Newfuirdhaugh.' " In (b) ' Hagburn.' " In (b) ' Eisternrig. 



INHIBITION— LORD HADDINGTON 97 

Thildoune ^ with the pertinents, lands of Camiestone and 
Plewlands with the pertinents, lands of Colmsliehills ^ 
with the pertinents, lands of Hassendeanebank with their 
pertinents, lands of Brierieyeards with ther pertinents, 
lands of Clerkcroft Kersual ^ in Hassintoune with the perti- 
nents, lands of Horned Holl * with the pertinents, lands 
of Songhouse ^ with the pertinents, lands of Hassi with 
the pertinents, lands of Westsyde of Housbyre and Longlie 
with the pertinents, lands of Crooks ® with the pertinents 
all lyand within the lordship of Melrois and schirrefdome 
of Roxburgh ; all and haill the lands of Woulfclyde with 
the pertinents, lying within the said lordship of Melrois 
and schirrefdome off Lanerk ; all and haill the lands of 
Heartsyde ' with the pertinents, lands off Priestlaw, 
Pesheill,^ Frierdyke and Wintersheills, with all the per- 
tinents of the samen, with the mylne lands, multurs and 
sequells of the samen, and pertinents therof, lands of 
Mylnehaugh of Neugrainge with the pertinents, lying 
within the said lordship of Melrois, constabulare of Hading- 
toune and schirrefdome of Edinburgh ; all and haill the 
lands of Clerklies with the pertinents lying within the 
schirrefdome of Berwick ; all and haill the lands of Hope- 
cartoune with the pertinents lying within the schirrefdome 
of Peebles ; all and haille the village and brugh of re- 
galitie of Melrois, togither with all and sundry houses, 
biggings, tenements, yeards, orchards, doucats, tofts, 
crofts and pertinents thereof, lyand within the bounds 
and liberties of the samen ; togither with all and sundry 
castles, toures, fortalices, mansiones, manor places, houses, 
biggings, yeards, orchards, doucats, medows, forrests, 
mylns, multurs, kirks, teynds, medows [sic], hynings, 
woods, fishings, annexis, connexis, parts, pendicles, de- 
pendences, service of tenements [sic],^ advocatione, dona- 



1 In (b) 'Eildoun.' ^ In (c) 'Colmsheills.' 

" In (c) ' lands of Kerswell.' * In (b) ' Hernflos ' ; in (c) ' Horneflos.' 

^ In (b) ' Craighouse ' ; also in (c). * In (b) ' Conicks,' also in (c). 

' In (b) ' Hartsyde and Cleats' ; in (c) ' Hartsyde and Lintes.' 
8 In (b) 'Pensheills.' ' In (b) 'service of tennants.' 

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98 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

tione and right of patronadge of kirks, proffeits, deuties, 
commodities and pertinents quhatsumever, off all and 
sundry the forsaids lands, woods, mylns, teynds and others 
abovewriten ; togither with the office of bailliarie of the 
regalitie of Melrois and Tiviotdaill and Uginsh, with the 
escheats, priviledges, immunities, feufermes and casualities 
quhatsumever perteaning and belonging to the samen ; 
all unite, annexid and incorporat in an haill and frie 
barronie and lordship called the lordship and barronie of 
Melrois ' ; and that by virtue of this infeftment he has 
right to the teinds, and ought to be satisfied therefor, 
but the heritors, liferenters, feuars, tenants and occupiers 
of the said lands intend to intromit with and dispone upon 
the teinds for crop 1680 without his permission. They are 
therefore inhibited from so doing. Dated Edinburgh, 
20 July 1680. 

Executions : 1 August 1680, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at the parish churches of Hounam and 
Morbatle, being Sabbath, before and after the fore- 
noon service, discharging the heritors and others 
foresaid, ' occupiers of all and sundry the office of 
baillzierie of the regalitie of Melrois in Eist Tiviot- 
daill and lands of Uginshe belonging to the Earl 
of Roxburgh and holden of the lordships [sic] of 
Melrois called Salsettrone, Kocklaw, Kapillrodick,' 
Davinshau, Brisneis, Sourhope, Cliftinhope, Rashau, 
Gaitshau, Hounam-Grainge, Southcoatt, and mylne 
of Hounam-Grainge, with the escheats, immunities, 
privUedges, feufermes and casualities quhatsumever 
perteaning and belonging to the samen, all unite, 
annexed and incorporat in our haill and frie barronie 
lordship called the lordship and barronie of Melrois,' 
from leading in and disponing upon their teinds of 
crop 1680 within license from the complainer, or 
removing their corns from the ground unteinded 
under pain of being dealt with as violent spulziers 
thereof ; witnesses (at Hounam kirk) John Ruther- 
fuird, officer there, and Robert Broune, ' bedler ' 
there ; (at Morbatle kirk) Robert Plumber, school- 



HORNING— LORD HADDINGTON 99 

master there, and John Ker, portioner of Morbatle. 
3 August 1680, by the same, at the market cross of 
Melrose, against the said occupiers as above ; wit- 
nesses, George Blakie, officer in Melrose, Andrew 
Penman there, and others. 

Horning — Charles, Earl of Hadintone, etc., eldest law- August 4. 
ful son and heir male of deceased John, Earl of Hadinton, 
who was heir male of deceased Thomas, Earl of Hadintone, 
his grandfather, the complainer's great-grandfather, titular 
of the teinds of the parish of Melrose, narrating that he 
obtained Decreet, 12 April 1680, before baUie-depute of 
regality of Melrose, against the following persons and their 
tenants, to pay to him the valued teind duties respectively 
underwritten, the fifth part and the sums of money allo- 
cated out of the foreend thereof to the minister at Melrose 
being allowed, viz. against William Cairncroce of Hilslope, 
for his lands of Calfhill in parish of Melrose, and Robert 
Hilstone in Calfhill his tenant, 46 merks 6 s. 8 d. ; Francis 
Scot of Longshaw, for his lands of Colmsliehill, George 
Turner his tenant, 48 merks 10 s. ; John Hunter of Colms- 
lie, for his lands of Colmslie, and Francis Scot and Robert 
Frier his tenants, 133 merks 6 s. 8 d. ; Andrew Fisher of 
Westerhousbyre, and George Merser his tenant, 110 merks 
10 s. ; Hugh Scot of Gallasheils, for his lands of Wouplaw 
and Robert Lies his tenant, 32 merks ; Andrew Cairncroce 
of Westerlonglie, for his lands thereof, 66 merks 10 s. ; 
William Fisher for his lands of Easterlonglie, Agnes and 
Anna Bell there, and Thomas Merser their tenant, 66 merks 
10 s. ; William and Walter Cairncroce for their lands of 
Allanshaues, and George Turner their tenant, 60 merks ; 
extending in all to . . . and that for crop and year 1678, 
and in future as long as they remain in possession of the 
lands. They are therefore charged under pain of horning 
to obtemper the said decreet. Dated Edinburgh, 21 
August 1679. 

Executions : 26 August 1679, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against some of them personally and some 
at their dwelling houses j witnesses, Thomas 



100 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Boustone, indweller in Gattonsyde, George Kirk- 
wood, messenger in Gallasheils, John Persone, herd 
in AUanshaues, John Tait, herd in Colmsliehill, and 
others. 4 August 1680, by the same, at the market 
cross of Melrose, against several of the above ; 
witnesses, George Blakie, officer in Melrose, Robert 
Cuik, indweller there, and others. 

November 2o. INHIBITION — ^William Hog, W.S., against Andrew Tunno, 
notary in Melrose, and Dinah Tunno his daughter, for 
213 L 13 s. 8 d., with 25 1. 4 s. being two years' annual- 
rent, contained in Decreet of the Lords of Council and 
Session, 16 November 1677, against them ; also against 
the said Andrew Tunno, who granted Bond, 24 June 1669, 
to Violet Hog, daughter of John Hog, portioner of Lilis- 
leife, for 100 merks, and 10 merks of expenses, registered 
in Books of Council and Session, 8 January 1679, assigned 
to Andrew Hog, writer in Edinburgh, by the said Violet 
Hog and John Moutry, mason in Edinburgh, her spouse, 
. . . February 1679, and transferred by the said Andrew 
Hog to the complainer, 4 June 1679. Dated Edinburgh, 

2 November 1680. 

Executions : 8 November 1680, by Andrew Phaup, 
messenger, against them personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, Michael Gibsone, indweller in Melrose, 
George Blakie, indweller there, and others. 9 Nov- 
ember 1680, by the same, at the market crosses of 
Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at Jedburgh), 
John Robsone and John Olifer, burgesses of Jed- 
burgh ; (at Melrose) Michael Gibsone and John 
Leitheid in Melrose. 

i68i. HoENiNG — John Mein in NeWsteid, tacksman of the 

^^ ' ' mills of Melrose, against Robert Couchran, David Uns, 
Thomas Huntar, younger, portioners of Lessuden, Thomas 
Uns, Laird, John Riddell, younger, James Bullman, Robert 
Thomsone, and John Jamesone, younger, in Lessuden, 
against whom he obtained Decreet of the Lords of Session, 
of this date, to observe the conditions contained in a 
Charter of the Mill of Newtoun granted on 18 May 1621 




HORNING— JOHN MEIN 

by the Earl of Hadintoune to James Cairncross of Colmesli^'f^- — — -^ 
wherein the lands of Lessuden are thirled to the Mill of "~-^"- '-' 
Newtoun under express provision that when the said mill 
is not able to grind the corns then the said persons and 
others thirled thereto are to carry their corns to Melrose 
mills and pay the multure used and wont ; whose pre- 
decessors and authors have done the same hitherto when 
the Mill of Newton was unable by drought or frost to con- 
tinue, but the defenders have abstracted their corns since 
Martinmas 1675 when the mill of Newton ceased to grind, 
each to the extent of 10 bolls of oats and 5 bolls of bear, 
except David Uns, who abstracted 10 bolls of malt ; and 
the Lords ordained them to pay from Martinmas 1675 to 
November 1678 (instead of one peck to each six firlots 
which is the ordinary multure) double multure, being 
4 pecks to each 6 firlots, extending in all to 65 bolls of 
oafs, bear, and malt. Dated Edinburgh, 19 February 
1681. 

Executions : 11 April 1681, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against all of them personally apprehended ; 
witnesses, John Thorbrand and John Patoun in 
Lessuden. 30 April 1681, by the same, at the 
market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, George Blakie, 
officer in Melrose, and James Mylne there. 

Lawbokrows — ^William M'Lellan in Gleraggit, George ■ May 20. 
Pringle of Blindlie, Robert and George Pringle his sons, 
against William M'Brair in Caldhame, Robert Mairtin in 
Westhouses, Andrew Pringle there, Thomas Mathieson 

there, George Patersone in Gallasheills, David in 

Fawdonsyde, William Huntar in Rink, Andrew Symentoun 
there, Robert Mein in the Townhead of Newsteid, who 
threaten them daily and invade and destroy their lands 
and corn. Dated Edinburgh, 22 July 1679. 
■ Executions : 2 May 1681, by Andrew Phaup, messenger, 
against Robert Mertone in Westhouses, personally ; 
witnesses, George Pringle in Westhouses and Wil- 
liam Mertoun there. 20 May 1681, at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, Andrew Penman, por- 



102 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

tioner of Melrose, George Pringle, servitor to John 
Lithgow, writer in Melrose. 

June IS. Horning — Charles, Earl of Hadintoun, against the 
heritors, feuars, liferenters, farmers, tacksmen, and occu- 
piers of his lordships of Melrose, Caldstream and Binning, 
to pay to him within ten days the sums due by them for 
his relief of the feu and blench duties and others which 
he has already paid in to the Exchequer for the said lord- 
ships from 31st July 1679 to 31st July 1680. Dated at 
Edinburgh, 11th January 1681. 

Executions : 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 May 1681, by Andrew 
Phaup, messenger, against Robert Dinnant in the 
town of Galtounsyde for 39 1. Scots ; Isobel Thom- 
son there, 11 1. ; George Hoy there, 134 1. 7 s. 6 d. ; 
Walter Vaich there, 27 1. ; Andrew Halliwall there, 
28 1. ; John Halliwall, Croce, 33 1. ; James William- 
son in Gallasheils, 181.; Janet Halliwall in Galtoun- 
syde, 21 1. 17 s. ; Thomas Williamson in Westhouses, 
14 1. ; John Dagleis there,^ 25 1. ; John Thomsone, 
slater there, 10 1. ; Andrew and James Merser, 
PooUs, 73 1. 6 s. 6 d. ; John Hietoun, Eister,^ there, 
53 1. 3 s. 8 d. ; William Moss there, 71. 5 s. 4 d. ; 
Nicol Bowar in Eildoune, for his lands there, 
71. 7 s. 6 d, ; Andrew Baittie in Bridgend, 
13 1. 1 s. 6 d. ; George Hownam there, 14 1. s. 6 d. ; 
John Mertoun there, 11. Is.; John Moodie there, 
42 1. 1 s. 10 d. ; Mallie Bouston there, 5 1. 4 s. 4 d. ; 
John Merser, Lochbreast, 17 1. 12 s. 5 d. ; James 
Eillies, Walker raw in Melrose, 43 1. 15 s. ; Andrew 
Penman there, 13 1, 18s. 6d.; James Edgar there, 
576 1. 2 s. ; James Lamb there, 24 1. 16 s. ; Patrick 
Lukeup and Helen Waugh his mother, 92 1. 15 s. 4 d.; 
William Sklater in Newsteid, 11 1. 6 s.; Margaret 
Mein, widow of Robert Mein, Bridgend there, 
26 1. 4 s. 8 d. ; William Fisher there, 40 1. 2 s. 2d. ; 
Robert Forsan there, 3 1. 15 s. 8 d. ; James Mein 

' Styled ' in Darnick ' in second execution. 
^ Styled ' Wester ' in second execution. 



HORNING— GEORGE PRINGLE 103 

there, 136 1. ; Robert Mein there, 20 1. 12 s. ; 
AHson Buinzie there, 21. 5 s. 8 d. ; George Mein, 
David's George, there, 14 1. 15 s. 4 d. ; Andrew 
Hietoun in Newtoun, 10 1. 7 s. 6 d. ; Nicol Couchran 
there, 46 1. 7 s.; John Wintrop, portioner there, 
8 1. 12 s. 9 d. ; WiUiam and James Laidlaw there, 
31 1. 13 s. 6 d. ; Wilham Eccles there, 4 L 15 s. 6 d. ; 
James Mein,^ in Eildoun, 5 1. 12 s. ; John Vair and 
James Bowar there, 56 1. 16 s. ; Nicol Bowar there, 
26 1. 8 s. 8 d. ; James Bowar, younger, there, 48 1. ; 
Thomas Mein there, 34 1. 12 s. ; Robert Mein, 80 1. 
Robert Laithan there, 24 1. 8 s. 8 d. ; John Hietoun 
there, 28 1. ; John Andersone inRidpeth, 11 1. 1 s. 4d. ; 
Andrew Darling, portioner of Apletrieleaves, 
85 1. 5 s. 4 d. ; 2 Andrew Fisher of Westerhouse- 
byre, 139 1. 19 s. Id.; James Fisher, portioner of 
Blainslie, Robert Fisher in Clekmae, Andrew Broun 
there, 400 1. ; William Fisher in Sorowlesfield, 
335 1. 13 s. 4 d. ; George Pringle of Blindlie, 
363 1. 3 s. 8 d. ; Patrick Mader in Simprim, 
426 1. 6 s. 8 d. ; Thomas Stenhouse, younger, in 
Caldstream, 56 1. 4 s. for the customs of Coldstream, 
Whitsunday and Martinmas 1680 ; all personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, Andrew Mar, portioner 
of Galtounsyde, John Mylne, portioner of Newtoun, 
John Mein, portioner of Newsteid, and others. 
15 June 1681, by the same, at the market cross of 
Melrose ; witnesses, Alexander and James Wilkie- 
sone, lawful sons of Thomas Wilkiesone, clerk of 
Melrose, and Robert Leithead there. 

Horning — George Pringle of Buckholm against Andrew July 6. 
Darling, portioner of Apletrieleaves, against whom and 
James Bellendein, merchant in Gallasheills, for his interest, 
he obtained Decreet before the Commissary of Peebles and 
his deputes, 12 August last, for payment of 19 1. 16 s. 
Scots due by him to the said James Bellenden and arrested 



' Styled 'herd in Eildoun' in second execution. 

* Here in second execution is added ' Andro Moffat there.' 



104 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

in the hands of the said Andrew as part payment of 
94 1. 10 s. 8 d. Scots of principal and 10 1. of expenses con- 
tained in Decreet by said commissary-depute, 22 April 
last, at the complainer's instance, against the said James 
Bellendein. Dated Edinburgh, 24 March 1681. 

Executions : 6 April 1681, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against the said Andrew Darling personally 
apprehended ; witnesses, James Deans in Long- 
haugh, Robert Wilsone in Netherhaugh of Gala- 
shiels. 2 July 1681, by the same, at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, John Sklater, portioner 
of Eildoun, John Buinzie, officer, portioner of 
Newsteid, and others. 

August i6. Inhibition — Charles, Earl of Hadintoun, against all and 
sundry heritors, feuars, tacksmen and occupiers of the 
lands, etc., comprehended in the lordship of Melrose (as 
formerly narrated) to dispose of their teinds for crop 1681 
without his licence. Dated Edinburgh, 23 July 1681. 

Executions : 7 August 1681, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at parish churches of Hownam and Mor- 
batle (as mentioned in former Inhibition) against 
the heritors, etc., ' of the lordship and barronie of 
Melrois and others withinwrittin with the perti- 
nents, viz., the office of baillziearie of the regality 
of Melros in Eist Tivotdaill and Uginsh with the 
esheatts, priviledges, immunities, fewfarmes and 
casualities whatsomevir pertaining and belonging 
to the samen all unit annexed and incorporat in ane 
haill and frie barronie and lordship called the lord- 
ship and barrony off Melrois comprehending the 
lands of Eist Tivotdaill and Uginsh called the 
lands of Gaitshaw, Deanbrae, Brewings, Hownam- 
grange, mylne and mylne lands of Hownamgrange, 
Cristonleafe,^ Salset alias. Falset, Tron alias Tron 
. Cocklaw [sic], Capilrodick alias Capiebrodick, Ovin- 
shaw,^ Brestnise alias Preishneiss, Fairhope,* Kar- 

' In second execution styled ' Cliftouncoitt.' 

' Hid., 'Devinshaw.' * Hid., 'Sourhope.' 



INHIBITION— LORD HADDINGTON 105 

sha'w^fliZm6fFeshaw, Bepitridge [? Kepilridge],^ South- • 
coitts, and Attonburne' ; witnesses (at Hownam) Mr. 
Matthew Ewins, minister at Hownam, John Living- 
ston his servitor, Patrick Murray in Over Whiten ; 
(at Morbatle), William Fala, son of Charles Fala in 
Corbethouse, John Ker in Morbatle, and others. 13 
August 1681, by the same, at the market cross of 
Melrose ; witnesses, George Blakie, officer in Melrose, 
Walter Ker and William Cuik, merchants there. 

Inhibition — Charles, Earl of Hadintoun, against all and August 31. 
sundry the heritors and others aforesaid (as in the last) 
in respect of the teinds, crop 1679. Dated Edinburgh, 
22 August 1679. 

Executions : 24 August 1679, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, at parish kirks of Hownam and Morbatle, 
before and after divine service ; witnesses (at 
Hownam) John Riddell of Bearup, Robert David- 
sone in Hownam ; (at Morbatle) Robert Plumber, 
schoolmaster at Morbatle, John Ker, portioner 
there. 26 August 1679, by the same, against the 
heritors, etc., of the lands of Williamlaw, by affixing 
a copy on the door of George Pringle of Buckholm's 
dwelling house there and delivering a copy to James 
Forsyth's wife at his dwelling house in Williamlaw ; 
witnesses, John Symintoun, elder and younger in 
Buckholme. 31 August 1679, by the same, at the 
parish church of Melrose, against the heritors, etc., 
of the lands called Uginsh and lands of Williamlaw ; 
witnesses, John Penman, portioner of Melrose, 
James Merser, portioner of Newsteid. 30 August 
and 4 September 1679, by the same, at the market 
crosses of Melrose and Jedburgh ; against the said 
heritors, etc., of Uginsh and Williamlaw ; witnesses 
(at Melrose), Robert Trotter, writer in Edinburgh, 
John Leitheid in Melrose ; (at Jedburgh) John 
Robsone, skinner burgess of Jedburgh, George Ker, 
deacon of the masons there. 



' In second execution, ' Rash shaw.' ^ Hid., ' Cepitridge.' 



106 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

October 15. HoENiNG — ^James Eillies, writer in Edinburgh, against 
William Wilsone, who granted Bond, 9 December 1648, 
to James Eillies, portioner of Danzieltoun, for 200 marks, 
and 20 merks of penalty, and the said James Eillies raised 
letters on the Decreet, 24 May last, by the bailies of regal- 
ity of Melrose against William Wilson for payment of 
52 1. 4 s. 4 d. as the balance due of the whole sum foresaid ; 
and by his Assignation, 3 June instant, made over the 
Bond, Decreet, and Diligence to the complainer. Dated 
Edinburgh, 8 May 1681. 

Executions : 20 August 1681, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against William Wilsone personally appre- 
hended ; witnesses, George Wallace, portioner of 
Melrose, and John Buinzie, officer in Newsteid. 
25 October 1681, at the Market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, George Blakie and Walter Gibson at 
Melrose. 

1685. Inhibition — Robert Buinzie, mason in Newstead, against 

^ ^' George Pringle of Blindlie, who granted Bond, 26 Novem- 
ber 1683, to the complainer for 310 1. 16 s. Scots, with 
20 I. of penalty. Dated Edinburgh, 11 June 1685. 

Executions : 27 June 1685, by Andrew Phaup, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, Andrew 
Phaup, younger, in Melrose, and Gideon Fairgrive 
there. 2 July 1685, by the same, at the market 
crosses of Selkirk and Melrose ; same witnesses. 

1687. Horning — ^Mr. Thomas Hamiltoun, second lawful son 
^^ '°' of deceased Charles, Earl of Hadingtone, and executor to 
him, Margaret, Countess of Rothes and Hadingtone, Wil- 
liam, Duke of Hamilton, , Earl of Kintore, Sir James 

Foulis of Reidfoord, Sir Robert Sinclair of Stivenson, 
Adam Cockburne of that Ilk, Mr. Archibald Hope of 
Rankeillor, his tutors, against the following persons, to 
obtemper Decreet by the Lords of Council and Session, 
18 May 1685, at instance of late Earl of Haddington, 
ordaining them to make payment to the said executor and 
his tutors of the quantities of victual, parsonage and 
vicarage teinds and others, as follows : — William Pringle 



HORNING— HAMILTON 107 

in Trongateshaw, James Pritigle, Thomas Waddell, and 
George Alexander there, 10 bolls bear, corn, and fodder, 
16 bolls oats, 4 bolls pease, 4 bolls rye, 3 bolls wheat, all 
corn and fodder, equally among them yearly for crops 
1678, 1679 and 1680, at 6 1. 3 s. 4 d. the boll, as the parson- 
age teinds of their lands, with 20 lambs at 1 1. 10 s. the 

piece, 10 stones of butter at 3 1. the stone, rucks of 

hay worth 6 1. the ruck, for the vicarage [teinds] of the 
said lands, crops foresaid ; James Davidsone in Deanbrae, 
10 bolls bear, 12 bolls oats, 4 bolls pease, 4 bolls rye, 4 bolls 
wheat, all corn and fodder, at the above prices, 20 lambs, 

5 stones butter, 5 stones cheese, rucks of hay, same 

crops ; William Davidsone in Hounamgrange, John and 
Robert Midlemiss in Easter Hounamgrange, James Midle- 
mest, Helen Lilico, and William Midlemest, a chalder of 
bear, 24 bolls oats, 5 bolls rye, 5 bolls pease, 4 bolls wheat, 
all corn and fodder, with 15 stones butter, 15 stones cheese, 
30 lambs, said crops and prices ; James Alexander in 
Southcoat, John and James Midlemest there, a chalder of 
bear, 2 chalders oats, 5 bolls wheat, 5 bolls pease, 5 bolls 
rye, all corn and fodder, 30 lambs, 20 stones cheese, 
20 stones butter, for teinds of their lands, crops and prices 
foresaid ; John Broun in Caltoncoat and David Wilkisone 
there, a chalder of bear, 24 bolls oats, 5 bolls wheat, 5 bolls 
pease, 5 bolls rye, all corn and fodder, with 30 lambs, 
20 stones cheese, 6 stones butter, same prices and crops ; 
Andrew Stivensone in Sourhope and James Young in 
Cocklawfoot, 10 bolls bear, a chalder of oats, 5 bolls wheat, 
5 bolls pease, 5 bolls rye, all corn and fodder, 60 lambs, 

60 stones butter and cheese, rucks of hay, same prices 

and crops ; Andrew Kerr of Chatto, John Kerr of Gaite- 
shaw, Mr. John Scott, minister at Oxnam, and Sir Alex- 
ander Done of Newtone, each in so far as they have up- 
lifted the rents and duties of the said lands from the said 
tenants and possessors and rest joint duties both for stock 
and teind ; also against all for the same quantities and 
proportions, crops 1681, 1682, 1683, and 1684. Dated 
Edinburgh, 21 January 1687. 

Executions: 7 and 8 April 1687, by Andrew Phaupe, 



108 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

messenger, against William and James Pringle in 
Tounegateshaw, William Davidsone in Hownam- 
grange, William and John Middlemess in Easter 
Hownamgrange [sic], William and John Midlemess 
in Southcoat [sic], and John Kerr of Shaw [sic], 
personally, and against Andrew Kerr of Chatto at 
his dwelling-house of Burnhouse ; witnesses, James 
Phaupe, sheriff officer in Lantone, John Kerr, 
indweller in Morbottle. 3 May 1687, by the same, 
at the market crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; 
witnesses (at Jedburgh), John Robsone, glover in 
Jedburgh, William Moscrop, sheriff officer ; (at 
Melrose) Andrew Phaupe, younger, there, William 
Mercer, his servitor. 

September 8. HoRNiNG — ^William TurnbuU of Sharplaw against Mark 
Kylle, indweller in Lessudene, and Marjory Reid his spouse, 
who granted Disposition, 30 January 1677, acknowledging 
themselves addebted to the connplainer in 38 1. Scots, and 
obliging themselves to dispone heritably to him the houses, 
insight plenishing pertaining to them in Lessudene, only 
redeemable if besides the principal sum and annual rents 
the expenses disbursed by the complainer were also 
refunded ; whereupon the complainer obtained Decreet of 
the bailie of regality of Melrose, 4 April 1685, against them 
to implement the bargain. Dated Edinburgh, 12 April 
1687. 

Executions : 22 April 1687, by Andrew Phaupe, mes- 
senger, against Marjory Reid personally, and affixing 
a copy on the door of Mark Kylle' s dwelling house 
in Lessudane ; witnesses, Andrew Phaupe, younger, 
in Melrose, William Mercer his servitor. 8 Septem- 
ber 1687, by the same, at the market cross of 
Melrose; witnesses, James Ellies, walker Raw, por- 
tioner of Melrose, and John Leithead there. 

1690. Horning — Thomas, Earl of Hadingtone, and Robert 

^^ ^' Faa, his bailie and factor, against all and sundry heritors, 

etc., of the lordship of Melrose, Coldstreame and Binning, 

to relieve the said factor for the blench and feu duties of 



HORNING— LORD HADDINGTON 109 

their lands from 31st July 1688 to 31st July last, for which 
the said Robert has accounted in Exchequer. Dated 
Edinburgh, 4 February 1690. 

Executions : 8, 10, 11, 14, 18 and 19 March, 8 and 9 
April 1690, by James Blaikie, messenger, against 
the following persons, given up in list to him, 
viz. — 8 March 1690, William Bell in Galtounsyde, 
61 1. 11 s. ; Mungo Dalgleish there, 19 1. 8 s. ; John 
Thomsone there, 8 1. 15 s. 6 d. ; George and Robert 
Frier there, 29 1. 4 s.; Thomas Hallywall there, 
38 1. ; Robert Mertone and John Taite there, 21 1. ; 
Janet Halliwall there, 20 1. ; William Boustone, 
herd, 21. 2 s. 4 d. ; Thomas Boustone, Weynd, 
18 1. 17 s. 4 d. ; Thomas Boustone, Eastcoat, and 
William his son, 17 1. 5 s.; William Wright, there 
61. 3 s.; Andrew Hallywall, Donater, 5 1. 12 s. ; 
James Mylles there, 41. 6 s.; James Mathiesone, 
8 1. 8 s. ; James Leathane there, 11 1. 4 s. ; Robert 
and John Dinnond there, 48 1. 6 s. 8 d. ; William 
Mertone there, 62 1. ; Robert Frier there, 85 1. 2 d. ; 
Robert Mein, Tounhead, 246 1. 13 s. 9 d. ; Thomas 
Moffat there, 6 1. 9 s. ; Isobel Thomsone there, 11 1. ; 
Robert Scott there, 151.; Walter Vaitch there, 
35 1. 10 d. ; Robert Ormistoun there, 51. 7 s.; 
William Boustone, weaver there, 31. 3 s.; Thomas 
Boustone, Dukedub, 11 1. 10 s. 10 March 1690, 
Thomas Wilkieson, clerk in Melrose, 679 1. 4 s. 1 d. ; 
William Lythgow there, 491. 9 s. 10 d. ; William Cook 
there, 12 1. ; Margaret Lythgow and James Ellies, 
her son, there, 101 1. 5 s. 8 d. ; James Wallace there, 
380 1. 10 s. 3d.; Isobel Frater there, 83 1. 4 d. ; 
William Bell in Galtounsyde and Christian Broun 
in Melrose, 31 1. 4 s. 4 d. ; James Ellies, walker Raw, 
126 1. 16 s. 2d.; James Phaupe in Dryburgh and 
Bessie Douglass his motherin Melrose, 1671. 17 s. 4d. ; 
James Lamb there, 110 1. ; Thomas Mercer there, 
4 1. 16 s. 4 d. ; Isobel Ellies, widow of James Edgar 
there, 465 1. 4 s. 10 d. ; Walter Donaldsone and his 
tenant William Hopkirk there, 91 1. 14 s. 4 d. ; 



110 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

James Mertone there, 59 1. 18 s. 7 d. ; Patrick 
Luikup and Andrew Penman his tenant, 109 1. 
10 s. 3 d. ; Andrew Tunno there, 60 1. ; Robert and 
Helen Ridfoord, 8 1. 4 s. 2 d. ; Marion Sheill, widow 
of James Mylne there, and Christian Mylne, his 
lawful daughter and apparent heir, 95 1. 6 s. 4 d. ; 
Alison Bell, widow of John Bowar there, 31. 15 s. 
6 d. ; Michael Gibsone there, 40 1. 13 s. 4 d. ; 
Thomas Luckup there, 28 1. 13 s. 4 d. ; George 
Blaikie there, 110 1. 13 s. 4 d. ; Walter Ker, 
55 t. 6 s. 8 d. ; Michael Wallace there, 400 1. ; 
Thomas Mertone in Danieltoun, 30 1. ; Gilbert 
Vailsh there, 400 1. 6 s. 8 d. ; James Lees there, 
4301. 6 s. 8d. 11 March 1690, Isobel Fisher, 
widow of Andrew Chisholme, portioner of Damick, 
and John Dalgleish her tenant, 100 1. ; Robert 
Halljrwall there, 37 1. 13 s. 2 d. ; John Ushar there, 
96 1. 7 s. 7 d. ; Nicol Merser there, 76 1. 1 s, ; Adam 
Neill there, 14 1. 14 s. 2d.; Andrew and James 
Mercer, Poolie, there, 113 1. 7s. 2d.; Alexander 
Hittone there, 4 1. 18 s. 2d.; Andrew Kennedie 
there, 58 1. 10 s. 10 d. ; Andrew Renaldsone there, 
38 1. 6 s. 6 d. ; Walter Vair there, 4 1. 18 s. 4 d. ; 
Andrew Hounam there, 19 1. lis. 6d.; John 
Hittone, Wester, there, 65 1. ; John Simpsone there, 
35 1. 16 s. 8 d. ; William Moodie there, 11 1. 4 d. ; 
Hugh Boustone there, 14 1. 13 s. 2d.; John Moss 
there, 62 1. 17 s. 4 d. ; Isobel Moss, widow of George 
Mercer there, 35 1. 12s.; William Mercer, Byer- 
end [?] there, 57 1. 15 s. 4 d. ; Hugh Boustone, 
James Fisher, Robert Marr, Robert Hallywall, 
burlamen in the town of Darnick, 161 1. 4 s. 
14 March 1690, Janet Mein in Melrose, portioner of 
Eildone, and John Quarie and Robert Lowrie her 

tenants, 22 1. 4 s. 4 d. ; Vair in Eildone and 

John Bowar his tenant there, 24 1. 3 s. 8 d. ; John 
Sklaiter and his brother Robert there, 25 1. 19 s. 8 d. ; 
James Hunter in Melrose and Thomas Hittone his 
tenant in Eildone, 44 1. 4 s-. 8 d. ; James Bowar, 



HORNING— LORD HADDINGTON 111 

mason there, 122 1. 3 s. 10 d. ; Helen Fouler, widow 
of George Lourie, and his son Robert Lourie there, 
19 1. 4 s. 4 d. ; Robert Leathane there, 24 1. 4 s. 8 d. ; 
Robert Cochrane in Lessudene and William Eccles 
in Newtone, 160 1. ; James Laidlaw, younger there, 
22 1. 11 s. ; James Laidlaw, elder, 14 1. 11 s. ; James 
Stewart, and William Kerr his tenant there, 36 1. ; 
Agnes Fisher, widow there, 23 1. 15 s. 6 d. ; John 
Wintrope there, 36 1. ; Helen Bullman, widow of 
James Turnbull there, 35 1. 13 s. 6 d. 18 March 
1690, William Fisher in Newstead, 48 1. 18 s. ; 
Andrew Sklaiter there, 26 1. 9 s.; Andrew Mein, 
Bridgend there, 40 1. ; John Buinzie, weaver, 

2 1. 5 s. 8 d. ; Thomas Buinzie his son, 2 1. 5 s. 8 d. ; 
Bernard Mein and George Mein, Tounhead, 18 1. 4 s. ; 
Mr. Andrew Mein of Moristoun, there, 303 1. 14 s. ; 
Andrew Mein, Hill, there, 29 1. 18 s. ; John Mein 
and Thomas Mercer there, tenants to John Rodger, 
173 I. 3 s. ; James Mein, Byers there. 111 1. 19 s. 8 d.; 
Robert, James and Robert Meins there, 60 1. 4 s.; 
James Mein, son of Alexander Mein there, 9 1. 2 s. 8 d.; 
Andrew Wilsone there, 13 1. 14s. 8d.; Alison 
Bunzie there, 2 1. 5 s. 8 d. ; Robert Mein there, her 
son, 4 1. lis. 4 d. ; James Buinzie, weaver there, 
9 1. 2 s. 8 d. ; John Mein, Cuddiebutts, in Lessudene, 
6 1. 19 March 1690, William Drummond in Bridg- 
end, 7 1. 7 s. 2 d. ; George Hounam there, 33 1. 3 s. 4 d 
Maly Boustoun there, 41. 7 s. 7 d. ; John Mercer, 
Lochbreast there, 2 I. 14 s. 11 d. ; Andrew Turnbull 
there, 190 1. 5 s. 4 d. ; Andrew Boustone there, 

3 1. 19 s. 10 d. ; John Ushar in Darnick, 44 1. 10 s. 6 d. 
James Hounam in Bridgend, 12 1. 19 s. 10 d. 
Andrew Beatie there, 51. 8 s. 10 d. 8 April 1690, 
David Denholme and Bessie Thomsone, his tenant 
in Ridpeth, 117 1. 10 s. 4 d. ; John Andersone there, 
17 1. 4 s. 4 d. ; John Rodger and John Broun his 
tenant, 42 1. 2 s. 8 d. ; John Cairncross there, 
53 1. 18 s. ; William Montgomerie, and Thomas 
Watsone in Blainslie, and Anna Sandersone, widow 



312 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of John Sounes, his tenants, 16 1. 6 s.; William 
Darling and Thomas Davidsone there, tenants to 
the Laird of Hackburne, 25 1. 4 s.; Barbara Cam- 
cross in Longhaugh, widow of Mr. William Dove- 
good, 116 1. 10 s. 6 d. ; Mr. Andrew Darling and 
James Darling, Appletreeleaves, William Wilsone 
and George Pringle in Langhaugh, his tenants, 
37 1. 15 s. 6 d. ; Sir William Elliot of Stobs and 
Thomas Scott of Whitslaid, and Simon Wadder- 
stone and John Steall in Colmsliehill, John Moffat, 
John Hardie, Andrew Noteman and John Foord in 
Mosshouses, their tenants, 805 1. 11 s. 8 d. ; Andrew 
Fisher of Houslayere, 300 1. ; John Murray of Woop- 
law, and James Moffat his tenant, 6 1. ; James 
Fisher of Sorrowlesfeild, and his tenants, John Hall 
there, Robert Fisher and Andrew Broun in Clack- 
mae, 1218 1. 8 s. 2 d. ; Alexander Trotter of Easter- 
housbyre, 1020 1. 17 s. ; James Mercer his tenant 
there, 133 1. 6 s. 8 d. ; John and William Steall, 
his- tenants there, 1131. ; Adam Darling in West- 
houses, 81. 6 d. ; Thomas Williamson in for 

his houses and land in Gattonsyde, 100 1. 9 s.; 
John and Thomas Leathane in Gattonsyde, 34 1. 
9 April 1690, Andrew Ker of Littledean, and Robert 
Greive and James Scott in Plewaland his tenants, 
200 1. All these were personally apprehended, 
except a few ; witnesses (at Galtounsyde), Andrew 
Marr, portioner there, and James Marr, his eldest 
lawful son ; (Darnick and Bridgend), James Ken- 

nedie, and Griersone, lawful son to William 

Griersone, weaver there ; (Newstead) John Mein, 
maltman, portioner there, and Robert Mein, his 
son ; (Eildone) the said James Kennedie, and 
William Sklaiter, lawful son of deceased William 
Sklaiter, portioner of Newstead ; (Newtoun) John 
Mylne, portioner there, and Mungo Mylne, his 
eldest lawful son ; ' and before thir witnesses, 
Andrew Kennedie, portioner of Darnick, and the 
said James Kennedie, his lawfuU son.' 21 April 



INHIBITION— ANDERSON 113 

1690, by the same, at the market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, Mr. Thomas Byers, schoolmaster at 
Melrose, Thomas Ker, lawful son of John Ker there. 

HoKNiNG — Andrew Marr, portioner of Galtounsyde, December 19. 
against William Kerr of Broodwoodsheill, who granted 
Bond, 8 August 1685, for 300 merks, with 20 L of penalty, 
registered by the complainer 9 July 1687 in the regality 
books of Melrose. Dated Edinburgh, 25 March 1690. 

Executions : 12 June 1690, by Mark Hendersone, mes- 
senger, against William Kerr, personally appre- 
hended ; witnesses, John Alison, officer and burgess 
of Lauder, and John Tinslaw in Mountmylne. 
16 December 1690, by James Blaikie, messenger, at 
the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, George 
Blaikie, officer in Melrose, James Wallace and James 
Bowie, merchants there. 

Inhibition — John Andersone, eldest lawful son of December 30. 

deceased William Andersone, portioner of Ridpeth, and 

Elspeth Vaitch his spouse, against Walter Vaitch, portioner 

of Galtounsyde, to implement Contract of Marriage, 

21 November and 2 December 1673, between the said 

John and William Andersone on the one part and Walter 

Vaitch and the said Elspeth, his youngest lawful daughter, 

on the other part, wherein Walter Vaitch obliged himself 

to pay 200 merks of tocher and provide and secure them 

and their heirs in the just third part of his onstead of 

houses, yard and 4 acres of land in Gattonsyde, with teind 

sheaves and pertinents, and the third part of his moveable 

goods, debts, victual and insight plenishing, reserving his 

liferent use thereof, under pain of 100 merks ; which 

contract was registered in the regality books of Melrose, 

2 July 1681. Dated Edinburgh, 26 November 1690. 

Executions : 9 December 1690, by James Blaikie, 

messenger, against him personally ; witnesses, 

Robert Murray, son of James Murray, gardener in 

Melrose, and Robert Hunter, son of deceased John 

Hunter, cordiner there. Same day, by same, at the 

market cross of Melrose ; same witnesses. 23 

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December 1690, by the same, at market cross of 
Jedburgh ; witnesses, John Rutherfoord, burgess 
of Jedburgh, and James Tait, ' tylor ' there. 

Juni I'l. HoENiNG — Robert Faa, late baiUe of Melrose, against John 
Pattone, portioner of Lessuddane, and tenant in Camis- 
toun, now in Corsflat, and Robert Cochrane, portioner of 
Lessudene, his cautioner, who granted Bond, 21 November 
1691, in corroboration of the complainer's former diligence 
against the said John Pattone for 582 1. 19 s. 2 d. Scots, 
with 40 1. of penalty. Dated Edinburgh, 20 May 1692. 
Executions : 3 June 1692, by James Blaikie, messenger, 
against the cautioner personally and the principal 
at his dwelling house ; witnesses, John Coat, por- 
tioner of Lessudene, Robert Lamb in Melrose. 
11 June 1692, by the same, at the market cross 
of Melrose ; witnesses, George Blaikie, portioner of 
Melrose, and Henry Gibsone, flesher there. 
June 24. Inhibition — ^Andrew Marr, portioner of Galtounsyde, 

against Michael Wallace, lawful son of deceased William 
Wallace, merchant in Melrose, who granted Bond, 24 May 
1689, to him for 100 merks, and 10 merks of expenses. 
Dated Edinburgh, 16 June 1692. 

Executions : 22 June 1692, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against Michael Wallace personally ; wit- 
nesses, George Blaikie, portioner in Melrose, John 
Bowar and George Lamb there. Same day, at the 
market cross of Melrose ; same witnesses. 28 June 
1692, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; witnesses, 
John Maccubie, messenger there, Andrew Young 
commissary officer there, and Adam TurnbuU, in- 
dweller in Nether Ancrum. 

Julys. Horning — Same against same. Dated Edinburgh, 

16 June 1692. 
Executions : 21 June 1692, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against Michael Wallace at his dwelling 
house ; witnesses, John Bowar, lawful son of 
deceased John Bowar, weaver, portioner of Melrose, 
and George Lamb, son of James Lamb there. 



HORNING— BUNZIE v. WILSON 115 

30 June 1692, at the market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, James Bowie, merchant in Melrose, and 
John Pursell there. 

Horning — ^Robert Buinzie, mason, portioner of New- 1693 



stead, against Andrew Wilsone, portioner of Newstead, 
who granted Bond, 26 August 1672 to him for 200 merks 
and another Bond, 15 November 1673, for 50 merks, both 
registered 29 January 1676 ; also against James Bowie 
and WiUiam Lang, wrights in Melrose, to fulfil Indenture, 
30 November 1689, between them and the complainer, 
wherein they obliged themselves ' to cutt heugh saw and 
dight sufficiently als many couples and jests as would serve 
ane house at Headshaw conforme to ane bargaine made be 
the complainer with the lands there and to laith the said 
house either with dale laithing or saw other laithing as it 
can be had upon the expences of the said James Bowie and 
William Lang, and for the whilks work the compleaner 
band and oblidged him to pay to the said James and William 
the soume of viz., the soume of tuintie eight shilling Scotts 
for ilk couple with the laithing and eight shilling for ilk jeast 
sufficiently done as use is and to be payed as the work 
goes on, and for any other couples or jeests that was 
allready done or needed help then and in that caice they 
were to help upon dayes wages to be payed by the com- 
pleaner,' under a penalty of 10 merks ; also against Walter 
Breadie, mason in Girnlaw [sic], who gave Bond, 25 Jan- 
uary 1687, to the complainer for 44 1. Scots ; also against 
Bernard Mein, portioner of Newstead, and Bessie Mein 
his spouse, for 100 merks contained in their Bond, 25 May 
1690 ; and against William Fisher, portioner of Newstead, 
for 50 merks, due by Bond, 29 September 1690. The 
letters are dated Edinburgh, 15 June 1692. 

Executions : 29 July 1692, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against them, all personally apprehended, 
except James Bowie ; witnesses, Robert Huntar 
and John Bowar in Melrose. 29 December 1692, 
by the same, at the market cross of Melrose ; wit- 
nesses, William Chisholme, portioner of Darnick, 



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116 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and Thomas Vair, portioner of Newtoun, and Robert 

Hunter, portioner of Melrose. 
July 7. Horning — ^Andrew Tunno, procurator fiscal of the re- 

gality court of Melrose, against James Lythgow, younger of 
Drygrange, and Walter Lji^hgow, lawful son of Thomas 
Ljrthgow, portioner of Ridpeth, to obtemper Decreet, 8 April 
last, by the bailie of regality ordaining them to pay to the 
complainer 200 1. and 100 1. Scots respectively. Dated 
Edinburgh, 9 May 1693. 

Executions : 29 May 1693, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against both at their fathers' dwelling 
houses ; witnesses, Andrew Patersone, lawful son 
of James Patersone, portioner of Danieltoun, and 
Robert Lamb, lawful son of James Lamb in Melrose. 
3 July 1693, by the same, at the market cross of 
Melrose ; same witnesses. 

1698. Inhibition — Thomas Luckup, eldest lawful son of Patrick 

^^ ' ■ Luckup, Wright, portioner of Melrose, against said Patrick 
Luckup who on 4 February last obliged himself, as the 
complainer had undertaken to pay to his cousin William 
Luckup, Wright in Drumlanrig, 300 merks, and to pay 
bygone feu-duties resting due to the Earl of Hadingtone, 
to grant a heritable disposition to him of his whole houses, 
yards and lands in Melrose, and cause Jean Fisher his 
spouse renounce her contract of marriage in favour of the 
complainer and his wife upon the complainer's allowing 
to him and his said spouse their liferent right of the houses, 
yards and lands not contained in the contract of marriage 
between the complainer and his spouse, Agnes Miller, and 
upon the complainer's paying to him 50 merks, at the rate 
of 10 merks each Whitsunday term, and giving a stance 
for building a house to his second son, under the penalty 
of 500 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 27 April 1698. 

Executions : 11 May 1698, by James Blaikie, messenger, 
against him personally, and at the market cross of 
Melrose ; witnesses, Alexander Bell, lawful son of 
deceased John Bell, weaver, portioner of Melrose, 
and Andrew Luckup, lawful son of Thomas Luckup, 



HORNING— MARK DUNCANSON 117 

Wright in Melrose. 15 May 1698, by Ralph Rob- 
sone, messenger, at the market cross of Jedburgh ; 
witnesses, Mark Kerr, apprentice to Robert Donald- 
sone, Wright in Jedburgh, and William Rutherfoord, 
glover there. 

Inhibition — John Hoy, smith, portioner of Lessudene, August 4. 
against William Porteous, sometime in Lantounlaw, now 
indweller and portioner of Lessudene, and James Porteouse, 
his eldest lawful son, cautioner for him, in heritable Bond, 
4 July 1695, to Andrew Hendersone therein designed late 
in Thicksyde, then in Westoun, now Scraesburgh Moss syde, 
and Jean Yuill his spouse, for 700 merks, with 70 merks 
of penalty ; who on 24 June 1697 disponed to Henry 
Young of Oxnamsyde, late bailie of Jedburgh, an annual- 
rent of 28 1. effeiring to the sum of 500 merks advanced by 
him, upliftable from the lands specified in the said heritable 
bond (not here named) ; who assigned the same on 27 May 
last to the complainer ; also against the said William 
Porteouse, who granted Bond, 2 August 1697, to the com- 
plainer for 300 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 7 June 1698. 

Executions : 5 July 1698, by James Blaikie, messenger, 
against them personally ; witnesses, John Thom- 
sone, innkeeper in Lessudene, and George Walker, 
reader at St. Boswells. Same day, at the market 
crosses of Jedburgh and Melrose ; witnesses (at 
Jedburgh) the said John Thomsone, and Robert 
Lamb, servitor to Mr. George Byers, minister at 
St. Boswells; (at Melrose) James Phaupe, gardener 
in Melrose, and Thomas Hislope, his servitor. 

Horning — Mr. Mark Duncansone of Greatlaws against September 24. 
James Trotter, wright, portioner of Newstead, who gave 
Bond, 2 March 1696, to him for 200 merks. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 30 August 1698. 
Executions : 12 September 1698, by James Blaikie, 
messenger, a copy being delivered to James Trotter's 
wife at his house in Newstead ; witnesses, John and 
William Lourie, lawful sons of John Lourie, ' tylor,' 
portioner of Melrose. 24 September 1698, at the 



118 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, James Penman, 
glover, portioner of Melrose, and John Sheill, weaver. 

November 22. HoRNiNG — John Hounam in Damick against Robert 
Edgar in Melrose for 73 1. 5 s. Scots and 10 1. 14 s. of expenses 
contained in Decreet by the bailie of regality of Melrose, 27 
November 1697. Dated Edinburgh, 27 September 1698. 
Executions : 2 November 1698, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, John 
Lourie and Robert Blaikie, residenters in Melrose. 
22 November 1698, at the market cross of Melrose ; 
witnesses, as above. 

1699. Horning — ^John Donaldsone in Gallasheills against 
Andrew Dasone in Melrose to fulfil conditions of Tack by 
complainer to him, 4 May 1695, of his houses and yards 
in Melrose (reserving the malt kiln, barn and steep), and 
these two acres and a half of land in the Annay of Melrose 
with the teindsheaves and pertinents, as then possessed by 
said Andrew Dasone himself, for nine years for 31 1. 6 s. 8d. 
yearly of tack duty, under reservation to the granter on 
forty days' warning to recal the tack and enter Walter 
Donaldsone, his eldest brother, therein ; the said Andrew 
Dasone keeping the houses in good condition, tirring and 
thatching them at his own expense, the complainer fur- 
nishing timber and stone and paying the masons and 
Wrights, while the said Andrew Dasone furnished meat 
and drink. The Tack was registered 11 July 1696 in 
regality books of Melrose. Dated Edinburgh, 25 January 
1699. 

Executions : 10 February 1699, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against Andrew Dasone, personally appre- 
hended, to pay the tack duty and fulfil the con- 
ditions foresaid ; witnesses, Charles and Robert 
Blaikie, lawful sons of deceased George Blaikie, 
portioner of Melrose, 11 April 1699, at the market 
cross of Melrose ; witnesses, Robert Blaikie and 
Alexander Cook, residenters in Melrose. 

1700. Horning — James Wilkiesone, writer in Melrose, against 
debtors, as follows, in terms of Decreet of bailie of regality. 



HORNING— JAMES WILKIESON 119 

23 December last, viz. — James Lamb in Melrose, and 
Margaret Wauch, his spouse, 16 1. 8 s. Scots, and 21. 2 s. 
of expenses of plea ; Robert Edgar, baker there, 13 1. 3 s., 
with 2 1. expenses of plea ; John Buinzie, gardener, 1 1. 
.14s., with 8 s. expenses; James Penman, glover there, 
13 1. 3 s., with 2 1. expenses ; John Dalgleish, flesher, and 
Jean Drover his spouse, 20 1. 8 s., with 3 1. expenses ; 
James Olipher, cordiner there, and Jean Leithead his 
spouse, 2 1. 2 s., with 10 s. expenses ; Andrew Dasone 
there, 2 1. 14 s., with 10 s. expenses ; James Dasone in 

■ , 10 L, with 1 1. 10 s. expenses ; John Hounam, 

portioner of Bridgend, 12 1. 8 s., with 2 1. expenses ; 
Thomas Buinzie, Wester, mason, portioner of Newstead, 
25 1., with 4 1. expenses ; John Thomsone in Lessudene, 
and Anna Riddell his spouse, 20 1. 10 s., with 3 1. ex- 
penses ; William and George Bonnintone, tenants in 
Maxpoffle, 96 1. 16 s., with 12 1. expenses of plea. Dated 
Edinburgh, 13 January 1700. 

Executions : 20 and 27 January and 17 June 1700, by 
James Blaikie, messenger, against them, all per- 
sonally apprehended ; witnesses, John Lourie, 
son of John Lourie, ' tylor,' portioner of Melrose, 
and Robert Blaikie, son of deceased George Blaikie, 
portioner. 17 July 1700, at the market cross of 
Melrose ; Robert Blaikie and Robert Simpsone, 
indwellers in Melrose. 

Horning — ^John Haliburtone, younger of Muirhouslaw, ^j7°^ 
tacksman of the lordship of Melrose, against the following 
.persons, vassals within the same, in terms of Decreet of 
regality court, 23 November 1700, viz. — John, Earl of 
Roxburgh, 883 1. 6 s. 8 d. Scots, with 40 1. expenses of 

plea ; Hay of Drumalziar, 256 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 10 1. 

expenses ; Henry Douglass of Friershaw, 106 1. 13 s. 4 d., 
with 5 1. expenses ; Sir Walter Riddell of that Ilk, 10 1., 
with 1 1. expenses ; Sir William Scott of Harden, 75 I. 2 s., 
with 4 1. expenses ; Sir Francis Scott of Thirlestoun, 170 1., 
with 5 1. expenses ; Patrick, Earl of Marchmount, 23 1. 5 s., 
with 2 1. expenses ; Scott of Whitslaid, 58 1., with 



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120 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

3 1. expenses ; [Mark(?)] Kerr of Moristoun, 50 1. 13 s. 4 d., 
with 3 1. expenses ; [Andrew] Kerr of Littledean, 400 1., 

with 30 I. expenses ; of Spott, 666 1. 3 s. 4 d., 

with 3 1. expenses ; of Roughlaw, 180 1., with 

5 1. expenses ; Pringle of Whitbank, 10 1., with 1 1. 

expenses ; of Harhope, 633 1., with 30 1. ex- 
penses ; Scott of Phaupe, 86 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 5 1. 

expenses ; Scott of Burnfoofc, 10 1., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Scott of Brierieyairds, 19 1., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Dicksone of Overmaines, 145 1. 11 s., with 5 1. ex- 
penses ; Sir Alexander Purvese of Purvesehall, 38 1. 7 s. 
11 d., with 2 1. expenses ; James Wilkiesone and John 
Minto in Selkirk, 251. 13 s. 4 d., with 21. expenses; 

, Earl of Tweedale, 19 1. 10 s., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Mr. John Stoddart of Camistoun, 1 1. 13 s. 3 d., with 6 s. 
expenses ; Menzies of Culterrauers, 39 1. 4 s., with 

2 1. expenses ; Archibald Douglass of Cavers, 37 1. 5 s. 4 d., 

with 2 1. expenses ; Corser, tenant in Hassingtoun, 

8 1. 7 s. 6 d., with 10 s. expenses ; Dicksone of Har- 

law, 18 1. 14 s. 6 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Sir Alexander 

Done of Newtone, 2 1. 11 s. 9 d., with 6 s. expenses ; 

Hope in Hassingdeaneburne, 14 1., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Wood in Milnhaugh in Hounamgrange, 34 1. 13 s. 4 d., 

with 2 1. expenses ; Walter [Cairncross] of Hilslope, 
141 1. 17 s. with 5 1. expenses ; Francis Brj'dene, tenant 
in Eister Langlie, 104 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 5 1. expenses ; 
William Darling, tenant there, 26 1. 1 s. 8 d., with 1 1. 
expenses ; Simon Wadderstoun and Thomas Turner, 
tenants in Colmslie, 105 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 5 1. expenses ; 
James Nicolsone of Trabroun, 141 1. 8 s. 4 d., with 5 1. 
expenses ; James Turner, tenant in Hagburne, 52 1., with 

3 1. expenses ; Thomas Lythgow, portioner of Ridpeth, 
142 1. 2 s. 8 d., with 5 1. expenses ; David Denholme, 
portioner there, 140 1. 5 s. 8 d., with 5 1. expenses ; Thomas 
Mylne, portioner there, 12 1. 15 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 
John Andersone portioner there, 42 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 2 1. 

expenses ; Watsone, portioner there, 5 1. 10 s. 8 d., 

with 15 s. expenses ; Margaret Wilkie there, 1 1. 7 s. 8 d., 
with 1 1. expenses ; William Bell, portioner there, 10 s. 8 d., 



HORNING— JOHN HALLIBURTON 121 

with 1 1. expenses ; John Broun of Park, 166 1. 6 s. 8 d., 

with 5 1. expenses ; Sunhouse, portioner of Blainshe, 

4 1. 12 s., with 12 s. expenses ; , tenant to the 

Laird Hagburne there, 3 1. 12 s., with 10 s. expenses ; 
John Wallace there, 3 s., with 18 s. expenses ; John 
Stirling, portioner there, 1 1. 16 s., with 5 s. expenses ; 

, portioner there, 2 1. 8 s., with 6 s. expenses ; 

Cranstoun, portioner there, 3 1. 12 s., with 10 s. 



expenses ; James Greive, portioner there, 2 1. 8 s., with 

3 s. expenses ; Thomas Laidlaw, portioner there, 1 1. 12 s., 
with 4 s. expenses ; John Thine, portioner there, 7 1., with 

I I. expenses ; Thomas Darling, elder, portioner there, 

64 1. 2 s. 8 d., with 3 1. expenses ; , portioner, 

21. 2 s. 9 d., with 4 s. expenses ; Thomas Darling there, 
1 1. 17 s. 10 d., with 5 s. expenses ; , portioner there, 

II I. 11 s. with 1 1. expenses ; Edward Darling portioner 
there, 2 1. 8 s., with 7 s. expenses of plea ; George Rol- 
maines, portioner there, 1 1. 16 s. 9 d., with 5 s. expenses ; 
Alexander Scott, portioner there, 21. Is. 4 d., with 7 s. 

expenses ; Gray, portioner there, 6 1. 4 s., with 18 s. 

expenses ; James Pringle, portioner there, 6 1. 4 s., with 
18 s. expenses ; George Rolmaines [sic], portioner there, 
12 s., with 3 s. expenses ; James , elder, there, 

4 1. 1 s. 8 d., with 10 s. expenses ; Ker of Broodwood- 

sheill, 2 1. 4 s., with 3 s. expenses ; Darling, portioner 

of Appletreeleaves, 181 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 5 1. of expenses ; 

, portioner there, 105 1. 19 s. 6 d., with 5 1. 

expenses ; Mr. Andrew Darling, portioner there, 121 1. 2 s., 

with 5 1. expenses ; George , portioner there, 15 1. 4 s., 

with 15 s. expenses ; Hugh Darling, 5 1., with 10 s. ex- 
penses ; Moffatt, portioner of Threepwood, 91. 4 s. 

9 d., with 1 1. expenses ; . Thomas Pringle, portioner there, 
10 1. 2 s. 9 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Andrew Lythgow, 
portioner there, 13 1. 10 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Edward 
Lythgow, portioner there, 24 1. 6 s. 6 d., with 2 1. ex- 
penses ; William Bell, portioner of Galtounsyde, 14 1. 
16 s. 5 d., with 1 1. expenses ; John Wright, portioner 
there, 4 1. 15 s., with 12 s. expenses ; John Halyburtone, 
' tylor,' portioner there, 105 1. 7 s., with 5 1. expenses ; 



122 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Thomsone, portioner, 8 1. 3 s., with 1 1. expenses ; 



Thomas Thomsone, portioner there, 24 1. 5 s. 4 d., with 
2 1. expenses ; Mungo Dalgleish, portioner there, 19 1. 4 s., 
with 1 1. expenses ; William Fisher, portioner there, 24 1., 
with 2 1. expenses ; George Frier, portioner there, 38 1. 2 d., 
with 2 1. expenses ; Thomas Hallywall, elder, portioner 
there, 137 1., with 5 1. expenses ; George Bartone, portioner 
there, 33 1. 13 s. 5 d., with 2 1. expenses ; Janet Scott 
there, 2 1., with 4 s. expenses ; James Leathane, portioner 

there, 11 1. 14 s. 9 d., with 1 1. expenses ; James , 

portioner there, 7 1. 19 s., with 1 1. expenses ; John 
Dinnond, portioner there, 22 1. 13 s., with 1 1. expenses ; 
John Bartone, portioner there, 23 1. 1 s. 8 d., with 2 1. 

expenses ; Ormistoun, portioner there, 32 1. 1 s. 9 d., 

with 2 1. expenses ; William Mertone, portioner there, 
59 1. 5 s. 6 d., with 3 1. expenses ; Thomas Williamsone, 
portioner there, 61 1. 17 s., with 3 1. expenses ; Thomas 
Mertone, ' tylor,' portioner there, 16 t. 4s. 9 d., with 1 1. 
expenses ; John Summervale, portioner there, 14 1. 3 s. 
11 d., with 1 1. expenses ; William Mein, portioner there, 
38 1. 11 s. 10 d., with 2 1. expenses ; Walter Scott, por- 
tioner there, 42 1. 12 s. 4 d., with 3 1. expenses ; William 
Mertone, elder, portioner there, 5 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 15 s. 
expenses ; Robert Scott, portioner there, 58 1., with 3 1. 
expenses ; Patrick Thomsone, portioner there [no sum 
stated] ; Robert Halywall, portioner there, 40 1., with 
2 1. expenses ; Robert Philp, ' tylor ' there, 5 1. 12 s. 2 d., 
with 15 s. expenses ; Thomas Davidsone, portioner, 
34 1. 7 s. 4 d., with 2 1. expenses ; Janet Boustone there, 
9 1. 9 s„ with 1 1. expenses ; Thomas Bowstone, weaver, 
portioner there, 3 1. 5 s. 2 d., with 10 s. of expenses ; Wil- 
liam Hoy, merchant, portioner, 21 1. 5 s. 3 d., with 2 1. 
expenses ; Thomas Hallywall, Nook, portioner there, 
10 1. 19 s. 10 d., with 1 1. of expenses ; James Boustone, 
Dukedub, portioner there, 30 1. 12 s. 5 d., with 2 1. ex- 
penses ; James Mylles, portioner there, 22 1. 11 s. 2 d., 
with 2 1. expenses ; James Frier, portioner there, 21 1. 
7 s. 10 d., with 2 1. expenses ; James Mathiesone, por- 
tioner there, 32 I. 18 s. 3 d., with 2 1. expenses ; 



HORNING— JOHN HALLIBURTON 123 

there, 10 1. 17 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Adam Darling, 
portioner of Westhouses, 22 1. 15 s. with 2 1. expenses ; 

Patersone there, 51. 6 s. 8 d., with 15 s. expenses ; 

there, 2 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 6 s. expenses ; ■ 

Hoy there, 2 1. 12 s., with 12 s. expenses ; James Darling, 
portioner there, 2 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 6 s. expenses ; John 
Hittone, Tower, portioner of Darnick, 37 1. 7 s., with 2 1. 
expenses ; John and Patrick Thomsone, portioners there, 
24 1., with 2 1. expenses ; Wightman there, 4 1. 

18 s. 4 d., with 12 s. expenses ; John Moodie, portioner 
there, 46 1. 13 s. 2 d., with 3 1. expenses ; Margaret Whyt, 
9 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; John Hallywall, por- 
tioner there, 122 1. 16 s. 5 d., with 5 1. expenses ; Robert 
Marr, portioner there, 150 1., with 5 1. expenses ; John 
Ushar, portioner there, 260 1., with 10 1. expenses ; Wil- 
liam Griersone and John Hounam, 19 1. 9 s. 8 d., with 1 1. 

expenses ; , 1 1. 10 s., with 8 s. expenses ; 

William and John Walker, there, 10 1. 15 s., with 1 1. 
expenses ; Nicol Mercer, portioner there, 100 1. 10 s., 
with 5 1. expenses ; William Mercer, Wall, portioner there, 
22 1. 17 s., with 2 1. expenses ; John Hounam, portioner 
there, 14 1., with 1 1, expenses ; John Drummond, elder, 
portioner there, 39 1. 16 s. 10 d., with 2 1. expenses ; James 
Mercer, Pool, portioner there, 55 1. 19 s. 5 d., with 3 1. 
expenses ; William Chisholme, portioner there, 207 1. 19 s., 

with 10 1. expenses ; there, 60 1., with 3 1. 

expenses ; , 86 1., with 3 1. expenses ; Andrew 

Renaldsone, portioner there, 94 1. 11 s., with 4 1. ex- 
penses ; John Smith, 10 1. 14 s. 10 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 
Andrew Hounam, portioner there, 24 1. 5 s. 6 d., with 2 1. 
expenses ; John Ushar, portioner there, 90 1. 15 s. 6 d., 
with 4 1. expenses ; John Simpsone, portioner there, 
88 1. 8 s. 10 d., with 3 1. expenses ; John Drummond there, 
for himself and Hugh Boustone, portioner there, 161 1. 15 s., 
with 5 1. expenses ; William Moss, portioner there, 

19 L 8 s. 11 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Dalgleish there, 

92 1. 9 s. 8 d., with 4 1. of expenses ; Andrew Moss there, 

136 1. 11 s. 4 d., with 5 1. of expenses ; Heittone, 

45 1., with 2 1. expenses ; James Fisher, portioner there, 



124 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

96 1. 2 d., with 4 1. expenses ; John Mercer, portioner 
there, 85 1. 11 s. 10 d., with 3 1. expenses ; Stephen Mer- 
tone, 4 1. 18 s. 4 d., with 12 s. expenses ; George Mercer, 
herd there, 4 1. 18 s. 4 d., with 12 s. expenses ; WiUiam 
Mercer, Hall, portioner there, 67 1. 8 s., with 3 I. expenses ; 

; burliamen there, 529 \. 15 s. 2 d., with 25 1. 

expenses ; — — Mercer, portioner of Bridgend, 14 1. 15 s., 
with 1 L expenses ; John Hounam, portioner there, and 

, his tenants, 102 1. 17 s. 10 d., with 8 1. expenses ; 

Andrew Beaty, portioner there, 34 1. 8 s. 2 d., with 2 1. 
expenses ; William Drummond, portioner there, 34 1. 8 s. 
2 d., with 2 1. expenses ; Leonard Hounam, portioner 

there, 20 1., with 1 1. expenses ; , widow of 

, 16 I., with 1 1. expenses ; Andrew TumbuU, portioner 

there, 62 t. 19 s. 4 d., with 3 1. expenses ; John Mercer, 
Lochbreast, 28 1., with 1 1. expenses ; William Cook, 
portioner of Melrose, 99 1. 6 s. 9 d., with 4 1. expenses ; 
James Ellies of Huntlywood, and Margaret Lythgow, his 
mother, 225 1. 18 s. 8 d., with 10 1. expenses ; James 
Simpsone, glover there, for Wallaces land, 245 1. 6 s. 8 d., 
with 10 1. expenses ; James Wallace, portioner there, 
81 1., with 4 1. expenses ; Michael Wallace, portioner 
there, 521 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 25 1. expenses ; Robert Ormis- 

toune, ; Christian Broun there, 4 1. 14 s. 4 d., 

with 12 s. expenses ; Maxwell, portioner there, 

56 1. 2 s. 2 d., with 3 1. expenses ; , 340 1. 13 s., 

with 15 I. expenses ; John Penman, portioner there, 49 1., 

with 2 i. expenses ; — , 55 1., with 3 1. expenses ; 

Andrew Penman, portioner there, 74 1. 3 s. 4 d., with 3 1. 
expenses ; John Donaldsone, merchant in Gallasheills, 

portioner of Melrose, and his tenants, 71 1. 8 s. 

6 d., with 3 1. expenses ; , 52 1. 1 s. 9 d., with 2 1. 

expenses ; James Ellies, Walker Raw, portioner there, 
50 1. 12 s. 8 d., with 2 1. expenses ; James Ellies, portioner 
there, 3 1. 3 s. 5 d., with 10 s. expenses ; George Proffitt, 
Thomas Gardiner, and Bessie Scott, portioners there, 
212 1. 4 s., with 10 1. expenses ; Robert Harvie, 96 1. 10 s. 
8 d., with 4 1. expenses ; Andrew Mertone, 9 1. 9 d., with 
1 1. expenses ; Patrick Luikup, portioner there, 196 1. 



HORNING— JOHN HALLIBURTON 125 

17 s. 2 d., with 5 1. expenses ; Bell, portioner there, 

2 1. 3 s. 8 d., with 6 s. expenses ; , 1 1. 5 s. 2 d., 

with 4 s. expenses ; Alexander Lyall, portioner there, 

6 1. 5 s. 10 d., with 18 s. expenses ; , widow of 

George Blaikie there, 143 1. 14 s. 4 d., with. 5 1. expenses ; 
John Mein, portioner there, 2 L 16 s. 2 d., with 6 s. ex- 
penses ; William Chisholme, tacksman of the mills there, 
466 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 20 1. expenses ; James Patersone, 
portioner of Danieltoun, 27 1. 1 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 
John Lowrie, portioner there, 16 1., with 1 1. expenses ; 
Thomas Drummond, portioner there, 8 L, with 1 L ex- 
penses ; Thomas Mertone, portioner there, 52 1., with 1 1. 

expenses ; William Luikup, portioner there, and 

his tenants, 39 1. 8 s., with 2 1. expenses ; James Pen- 



man, portioner there, 65 1. 19 s., with 3 1. expenses ; John 
Gibsone and James Hunter there, 46 1., with 2 1. expenses ; 
James Lamb, portioner there, 29 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 1 L ex- 
penses ; Andrew Dasone there, 77 1., with 3 1. expenses ; 
Robert Edgar there, 11 1., with 1 1. expenses ; Robert 
Penman, portioner there, 36 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 
John Penman, portioner there, 14 1. 13 s. 4 d., with 1 1. 
expenses ; John Kerr, portioner there, 29 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 
1 1. expenses ; John Dalgleish there, 33 L, with 1 1. ex- 
penses ; Sklaiter in Newstead, 38 1., with 1 1. expenses; 

Janet Mein there, 56 L 3 s. 9 d., with 3 L expenses ; William 
Fishar, portioner there, 169 1. 15 s. 3 d., with 5 1. expenses ; 

Thomas , portioner there, 62 1. 10 s. 8 d., with 3 1. 

expenses ; Bernard Mein or , portioner there, 

22 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Andrew , weaver, 

portioner there, 3 1., with 10 s. expenses ; Robert Mein, 
maltman, portioner there, 70 1., with 3 1. expenses ; James 
Mein, Cowgate, portioner there, 4 I. 11 s. 4 d., with 12 s. 
expenses ; Robert Eliot there, 40 L, with 2 1. expenses ; 
Andrew Mein, Hill, portioner there, 97 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 
4 1. expenses ; Robert Mein, portioner there, 22 1. 16 s. 8 d., 
with 1 1. expenses ; Robert Buinzie, mason, portioner 

there, 27 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; , 9 1. 2 s. 

9 d., with 1 1. expenses ; James Trotter, and 

his tenants, 96 1. 15 s. 8 d., with 4 I. expenses ; , 



126 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

31 1. 19 s. 10 d., with 1 1. expenses ; James Mein, mason 
there, 27 L 8 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; John Mercer, 
portioner there, 13 1. 14 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; George 
Mein, portioner there, 4 1. 11 s. 8 d., with 12 s. expenses ; 
Andrew Wilsone, mason, portioner there, 102 1. 8 s. 4 d., 

with 5 1. expenses ; , 34 1., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Wilham Mein, weaver there, 9 1. 2 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 
WiUiam Mein, smith, portioner there, 15 1. 10 s. 6 d., with 
1 1. expenses ; John Mein, Tounhead, portioner there, 

18 1. 4 s., with 1 1. of expenses ; Buinzie there, 17 1. 

1 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Andrew Buinzie, John Mein 
and Robert Buinzie, weavers, portioners there, for the 
Glovers land, 22 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 1 1. expenses ; John 
Buinzie, portioner of Eildone, 43 1. 12 s. 4 d., with 2 1. 
expenses ; Richard Mein, portioner there, 24 1. 7 s. 4 d., 
with 1 1. expenses ; William Sibbald, portioner there, 
66 1. 13 s. 9 d., with 3 1. expenses ; James Bowar there, 
63 1., with 3 1. expenses ; Nicol Bowar, portioner there, 
90 1., with 4 L expenses ; John Glendinning, portioner 
there, 14 1. 4 s. 4 d., with 2 1. expenses ; Alexander Mein, 

portioner there, 103 1. 7 s., with 5 1. expenses ; , 

51 1. 8 s. 8 d., with 2 1. expenses ; John Sibbald, portioner 
there. 111 1. 1 s. 8 d., with 5 1. expenses ; Robert Lowrie, 
portioner there, 164 1., with 5 1. expenses ; Robert Leathane 
portioner there, 184 1., with 5 1. expenses ; Robert Fair- 
bairne, portioner there, 83 1. 19 s. 6 d., with 4 1. expenses ; 
William Mylne, portioner there, 22 1. 4 s. 4 d., with 1 1. 
expenses ; John Sklaiter, portioner there, 44 1. 8 s. 8 d., 
with 2 1. expenses ; Andrew Heittone, portioner of New- 
toun, 33 1. 11 s. 6 d., with 2 1. expenses ; William Karr, 
portioner there, 229 1. 10 s. 3 d., with 10 1. expenses ; 
William and Mungo Mylne, 97 1. 18 s. 9 d., with 4 1. ex- 
penses ; James LaidJaw, portioner there, 92 1. 14 s., with 

4 1. expenses ; -, 6 L 2 s., with 12 s. expenses ; 

Vair, portioner there, 16 1. 6 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 

John Mylne, elder, portioner there, 15 L 6 d., with 1 1. 
expenses ; Nicol Cochrane, portioner there, 23 1. 7 s. 8 d., 

with 1 1. expenses ; Mein, portioner there, 30 1. 1 s., 

with 1 1. expenses ; — ■. — TurnbuU, portioner there, 30 1. 



HORNING— JOHN HALLIBURTON 127 

1 s., with 1 1. expenses ; William Luidlaw, portioner 
there, 30 1. 1 s., with 1 1. expenses ; John Wintrop, por- 
tioner there, 38 1., with 1 1. expenses ; John Mylne, younger, 
portioner there, 39 1. 2 s., with 1 1. expenses ; Thomas 
Stenhouse, portioner there, 196 1. 18 s. 6 d., with 5 1. ex- 
penses ; John Riddell, portioner there, 23 1. 7 s. 8 d., with 
1 1. expenses ; Robert Cochrane, portioner there, 30 1. 1 s., 
with 1 1. expenses ; Henry Cochrane, portioner there, 

15 1. 10 s. 6 d., with 1 1. expenses ; , 105 1. 11 s. 

6 d., with 5 1. expenses ; John Areskine of Skeillfeild, por- 
tioner of Lessudene, 14 1. 12 s. 4 d., with 1 1. expenses ; 

Scott of Raeburne, 180 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 5 1. expenses ; 

Gibsone there, 4 L 5 s. 4 d., with 12 s. expenses ; William 
Mabone, portioner there, 17 s. 1 d., with 3 s. expenses ; 
John Eistone, portioner there, 1 1. 14 s. 2 d., with 4 s. 
expenses ; John Pattone, portioner there, 11 1. 2 s. 1 d., 
with 1 1. expenses ; James Hunter, portioner there, 3 1. 8 s. 
4 d., with 18 s. expenses ; Mungo Mylne, portioner there, 
6 1. 6 s. 8 d., with 18 s. expenses ; William Portouse there, 
19 1. 16 s. 6 d., with 1 1. expenses ; Kylle, por- 
tioner there, 2 1. 11 s. 3 d., with 4 s. expenses ; , 

51. 2 s. 6 d., with 12 s. expenses ; David Ounes, tylor, 
portioner there, 36 1. 12 s. 6 d., with 1 1. expenses ; George 
Pringle, portioner there, 5 1. 19 s. 7 d., with 15 s. expenses ; 

, 51. 2 s. 6 d., with 15 s. expenses ; Robert 

Cochrane, portioner there, 3 1. 8 s. 4 d., with 10 s. expenses ; 

, 11 1. 17 s. 1 d., with 1 1. expenses ; John Riddell, 

Easter, portioner there, 1 1. 14 s. 2 d., with 4 s. expenses ; 

Karr of Fodderlie, 20 1. IBs.; with 1 1, expenses ; 

Mr. [?] Patrick [sic], portioner there, 51. 2 s. 6 d., with 
15 s. expenses ; John Mein, portioner there, 10 1. 5 s., with 

1 i. expenses ; , 1 1. 14 s. 2 d., with 4 s. expenses ; 

, 6 1. 16 s. 8 d., with 18 s. expenses ; John Bry- 

dene, portioner there, 1 1. 14 s. 4 d., with 4 s. expenses ; 
and James Brydene, portioner there, 8 s., with 2 s. expenses 
of plea. Dated Edinburgh, 18 February 1701. 

Executions : 8 and 9 April 1701, by Ralph Robsone, 
messenger, against ' William Mertone, portioner of 
Galtounsyde, Thomas Wiliamsone there, Margaret 



128 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Lies, relict of Robert Frier there, Thomas Mertone, 
tylor, William Mein there, John Summervell there, 
Walter Scott there, William Hoy, gardiner there, 
Robert Hallywall there, Thomas Davidsone there, 
William Hoy, merchant there, James Boustone, 
Dukedube, there, James Myles, there, Isobel Bou- 
stone, widow there, James Mathesone there, William 
Bell, there, John Hallywall, tylor there, Thomas 
Thomsone there, Thomas Hallywall there, and James 
Leathane, Adam Darling in Westhouses, and the 
airs of George Patersone there, John Hittone, Tower, 
in Darnick, John Moodie there, Margaret White 
there, John Halywall there,. John Ushar there, 
William Walker there, NicoU Mercer there, William 
Mercer, Wall, there, John Drummond, elder, there, 
James Mercer, Pooll there, William Chisholme 
there, Margaret Riddell, relict of Andrew Kennedie 
there, the airs of James Cochrane there, Andrew 
Hounam there, the airs of John Hittone, Wester, 
there, John Ushar, weaver there, John Simpsone 
there, John Drummond, younger, for himself and 
Hugh Boustone there, William and Andrew Moss 
there, John Mercer there, William Mercer, Hall, there, 
and the whole burliamen of the said toun of Dar- 
nick, John Hounam and his tennent there, Andrew 
TurnbuU in Bridgend, Andrew Beatie there, William 
Drummond there, Leonard Hounam there, Andrew 
Boustone his relict there, and Bernard Mercer there, 
William Cook in Melrose, James Ellies of Huntlie- 
wood, and Margaret Lythgow his mother, James 
and Michael Wallaces there, James Simpsone there, 
Christian Broun there, James and Alexander Max- 
wells there, Isobell Ellies, relict to James Edgar, 
elder there, John, Andrew and Robert Pehmans 
there, James Ellies and Mungo Purves there, David 
and William Cooks there, and the airs of umquhill 
Robert Cook there, Thomas Gardiner for George 
Proffitts lands there, Robert Edgar, John and Andrew 
Mertones there, Patrick Luikup there, Alexander 



HORNING— HALLIBURTON 129 

Lyall there, Robert Harvie there, John Lawrie 
there, Thomas Drummond there, Thomas Martine 
there, John Gibsone there, James Lamb there, 
Andrew Dason there, John Karr and Walter Mabone 
there. Jennet Main, relict of umquhill John Main in 
Newsteid, the airs and tannents of William Sklaiter 
there, William Fisher there, Andrew Main, Hill, 
there, for Barnard Main and thamsalfas [sic], Robert 
Eliot there, Robert Mein, Jamas his Robert thara, 
Robert Buinzie, massone there, the airs of David 
Main there, James Trotter thara, Agnes Cochrane 
there, Agnes Mar and the airs of James Buinzie 
and the relict of James Mein, George Mein and the 
airs of George Mein, Tounhaad, there, Andrew 
Wilsone and John Forsan, miller there, John 
Buinzie in Eildona, Richard Mein there, NicoU and 
Richard Bowars, John Glendinning there, the airs 
of William Eliot there, Robert Lawrie and Robert 
Leathane there, Andrew Heittone in Newtoun, 
William Kerr there, William and Mungo Mylnes 
there. Jamas Laidlaw there, the airs of Thomas 
Vair there, the airs of James Vair there, John 
Mylne, alder, there, Nicoll Cochrane there, the airs 
of James Mein and James TumbuU there, John 
Wintrop there, John Mylne, younger, there, Thomas 
Stenhousa there, John Riddall there, Henry Coch- 
rane there, William Sibbald in Eildone, for WUliam 
Eccles lands in Newtoun, John Pattone in Lessu- 
dene, the airs of Andrew Gibsone there, John 
Eistone there, William Porteouse there, the airs of 

David Kylla there, the airs of Bullman there, 

David Unes, tylor there, the airs of Learmonth 

there, the airs of Huntar, younger, thara, 

Robert Cochrane for the lands of Mary Karr of Fod- 
derlie, the tennents of Mr. Patrick Reid thara, the airs 

of Walter Gibsone there, the airs of Richard- 

sone there, the airs of Kirk there, the airs of 

Thomas Pattone thara, and John Brydene there, 
Jennet Fletcher, relict of Andrew Darling in Aple- 

VOL. III. I 



130 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

treeleaves, James Purvese, tennent in Dugads lands 
there, Mr. Andrew Darling in Langhaugh and Hugh 
Darling there, Aliesone Marr, relict of Robert 
Mercer in Calfhill, Francis Brydene in Eisterlanglie, 
and William Darling there, all personally appre- 
hended ; witnesses (to the execution on 8 April in 
Galtounsyde, Darnick, Appletreeleaves, Langhaugh, 
Calfhill, Eisterlanglie, Melrose, and Newstead, and 
on 9 April in Eildone, Newtoun and Lessudene), 
John Dalgleish and Thomas Fish, indwellers in 
Melrose. Also on 14 May 1701, at the market cross 
of Melrose ; witnesses, Charles Blaikie and Nicol 
Mylne, officers in Melrose. 

1702. Horning — ^Walter Caimcroce of Hilslope against James 

FcoruEiry Z2i 

Wallace, portioner of Melrose, for 16 1. Scots due by his 

Bond, 2 April 1698 to the complainer. Dated Edinburgh, 

28 October 1701. 

Executions : — 20 January 1702, by James Blaikie, 

messenger, against him personally ; witnesses, 

William Riddell, John Chisholme and John Walker, 

students in Melrose. 12 February 1702, at the 

market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, William Riddell 

and John Chisholme, residenters in Melrose. 

1703- Inhibition — John Mein, mason in Eildone, against 

James Penman, eldest lawful son and apparent heir of 
Andrew Penman, portioner of Melrose, for 951. Scots con- 
tained in his Bond, 18 November 1699, to the complainer, 
with obligation to infeft him in annualrent of 5 1. 14 s. out 
of his two cavels, acres or parts in the Wairds in toun 
and territory of Melrose, in security. Dated Edinburgh, 
9 February 1703. 

Executions : 30 March 1703, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses, James 
Laidlaw, lawful son cf James Laidlaw, portioner of 
Ncwtoim, t'rd J.-imes Scott, son of Thomas Scott, 
g; rdener in Melr se. Al'^r spme day, at the market 
(grosses (,f Jedburgh and Meln se ; witnesses (at 
Jedburgh), Andrew and James Tudhope, lawful sons 



HORNINGS V. HARDIE 



131 



1705- 

January 29. 



of James Tudhope, tylor, burgess of Jedburgh ; (at 
Melrose) Robert Blaikie, lawful son of deceased 
George Blaikie, portioner of Melrose, and the said 
James Laidlaw. 

Horning — James Pringle of Buckholme against Thomas 
Hardie, tenant in Over Langshaw, who gave Bond, 25 
August last, to satisfy the complainer for all ' breaches and 
faillzies of tacks ' which he might claim, not exceeding 
500 merks payable to the complainer or his heirs, and to 
pay the same before Martinmas then next, under penalty 
of 50 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 26 December 1704. 

Executions : 10 January 1705, by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, delivering a copy to Thomas Hardie's wife 
at his dwelling house of Over Langshaw ; witnesses, 
George Drummond in Melrose, and Andrew Dasone, 
son of Andrew Dasone there. 29 January 1705, at 
the markeb cross of Melrose ; witnesses, James 
Olipher and Thomas Gray, cordiners in Melrose, and 
Andrew and John Dasone, sons of Andrew Dasone, 
portioner there. 

Horning — James Blaikie, kirk treasurer of Melrose, October 19. 
against Thomas Hardie tenant in Williamlaw, for 50 merks 
contained in his Bond, 6 September 1701, to the said kirk 
treasurer or his successors, as a penalty imposed on him 
for a scandal proven against him and Marion Dick his niece 
in the parish of Mertine. Dated Edinburgh, 22 December 
1704. 

Executions : 29 September 1705, by William Sheill, 
messenger, against Thomas Hardie, tenant in 
Williamlaw, now tenant in Over Langshaw, person- 
ally apprehended ; witnesses, Thomas Sheill and 
John Dick, indwellers in Earlestoun. 6 October 
1705, at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, 
Thomas Luckup, officer in Melrose, and John 
Dasone, son of Andrew Dasone, indweller there. 

Horning — ^Robert Mein, portioner of Newstead, against October 19. 
James Lythgow, fiar of Drygrange, who gave Bond, 



132 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

6 August 1700, to the complainer for 115 1. 13 s. 4 d. Scots, 
with 10 1. of expenses. Dated Edinburgh, 18 March 1703. 
Executions : 23 October 1703 by James Blaikie, mes- 
senger, against him personally ; witnesses William 
Lowrie and William Wallace in Melrose. 24 Febru- 
ary 1705, by the same, against him personally; 
witnesses, George Drummond and Thomas Gray, 
indwellers in Melrose. 18 October 1705, by the 
same, at the market cross of Melrose ; witnesses, 
Michael Wallace, son of James Wallace, portioner 
of Melrose, and William Simpsone, son of James 
Simpsone, glover there. 

December i6 HoRNiNG — ^Jamcs Pringlc, x)nly lawful son of George 
'.Pringle, Wester, maltman in Earlestoun, and John SheUl, 
maltman there, and George Pringle of Gatesyde of Gal- 
tounsyde, his curators, against Andrew Pringle in Dry- 
grange Boathouse, who granted Bond, 29 June 1698, to 
the complainer's father for 47 1. 18 s., with 6 1. penalty ; 
and against Christian Lies, widow of George Blaikie, 
portioner of Melrose, for 48 1. Scots, with 10 merks ex- 
penses, due by her Bond, 22 February 1701, to the same ; 
to which bonds and sums of money the complainer 
has right by his father's Disposition and Assignation 
30 November 1704, recorded 16 June 1705 in the regality 
books of Melrose. Dated Edinburgh, 9 April 1706. 

Executions: 15 and 21 May 1706, by William SheiU, 
messenger, against both personally ; witnesses, 
Thomas SheiU and John Dick, indwellers in Earle- 
stoun. 16 December 1706, by James Blaikie, 
messenger, at the market cross of Melrose ; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Steall, baker in Melrose, and 
William Luckup, son of Patrick Luckup, wright 
there. 

At the end of the volume is the following : — 

' At Edinburgh, the fourteine day of j'^vj" 

threscoir two yeires : The quhilk day this register of 
horninges, relaxatiounes, inhibitiounes and interdictiounes 
contening ane hundreth fourscoir sexteine leaflfis compting 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



133 



fyvescoir to the hundreth the first nor last leaffis nocht 
being comptit was presentit to me be Thomas Wilkisoun, 
clerk of the regalitie of Melros, and markit on everie leaff 
therof conforme to the act of Parliament be me Mr. William 
Wallace under subscryveing, deputt marker of the saids 
registers to the rycht honorable Sir Archbald Prymrose 
of Dalmany, knycht and baronett, Clerk of his Majesties 
Register, Consell, and Rolls, and redelyverit to the said 
Thomas Wilkisoun to be keipit within the said regalitie 
day yeir of God and place abone writtin. W. Wallace.' 

Rental of the Regality, 
About 1564 Michael Balfour, commendator of Melrose, 
prepared the following Rental of the Abbeylands, which is 
preserved in the Register House, Edinburgh. 

' This is ane just rentall of Melrose as I Mr. Michaell 
Commendatour therof will testifie in sua far as I knaw 
extending in money fermes and teynds with uther dew 
service and dewiteis as efter foUowis : — 
Money in the yeir 



Blainslie 

Threipwod . 

Cummisliehill 

Quhitlie 

Williamlaw 

Housbyre and Eisterfuird 

Housbyre and Westerfuird 

Langshaw 

Morestoun 

Reidpethe 

Eildoun 

Newtoun 

Moxpoffill 

Crangills 

Freircroft 

Wouplaw 

Apletrelevis 

Freirshaw 

Moreslaw 



xlv. li. xvj s. xj d. 

xxxij li. 

vli. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vli. 

iij K. vj s. viij d. 

xli. 

vli. 

iij li. iij s. iiij d. 

xxjli. 

xxvj li. 

xxyj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

vli. 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

XXX li. 

vli. 

X li. vj s. viij d. 



134 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Custume of Melrose 




vj li. 


Langlie .... 




xij h. xiij s. iiij d. 


Bukholme .... 




xli. 


Allaneshaws 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Lassudden .... 




Iiij li. vj s. viij d. 


The annuellis of Littill Fordell nocht 




waist .... 




XX j li. 


Eildoun Coit 




xs. 


The mylne of Langshaw 




vj ii. xiij s. iiij d. 


The mylne of Newtoun 




viij li. 


The mylne of Newgrange 




ijii. 


The mylne of Hunam grange 




ij li. 


Cartleyis .... 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


The Semaisters landis . 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Calfhill .... 




xii. 


Halkburne .... 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Hewlabuts .... 




XXV s. 


Drygrange .... 




xxij li. 


The kirkland of Hassinden 


and 




Cavers .... 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


The lands of Marse 




xxiij li. 


The mailles of the lands of 


Eist 




Teviotdaill . 




xxvij li. vj s. viij d 


Lawmuirmoir 




XXX li. 


Hartsyd .... 




xlli. 


Tweiddaill Traquair 




xs. 


Hairhoip .... 




XV li. 


Hoipcartane 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Kingildouris 




viij li. 


Wolfurde .... 




ij li. xiij s. iiij d. 


The teynds set for silver, the 


Aple- 




trelevis 




xli. 


Drygrange teynds 




XX li. 


Eildoun teynds . 




xli. 


Calfhill teynds set to Malcolme 


Hop'- 




pringill 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Auld Melrose set in few to Robert 




Ormestoun . 


, 


vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


The Freirs land . 


• 


xxxiij s. iiij d. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



135 



Darnik Brigend and pendicles set in 
few to the Secretar^ for the 
sowme of 

Cadeheuch . 

Summa of thir preeedantis 

being in use of payment 
Soroleisfeild 
Cammestoun 
Plewlands . 

Monkfald, Thessie, Farningtoun 
Wyingis 
Antounburne 
Atriklands . 
Ringwodfeild 
Rodons 
Eskdaillmuir 
The annuelrents of burghtis with 

Bervik 
Blanslie beyand gevin to Hob 

Ormestoun be Lord James^ 
Summa of this last perticall 

nocht in use of payment 

Summa of the haill money 

precedand 



Ixxxxj li. XV s. xj d. 
xijs. 

vij°xx li. xix s. vj d. 
XXX s. 

vli. 
vli. 

ijK. 
lli. 

xii. 

Ixvj li. 

lij li. vj s. viij d. 
XXV li. 
j<=lxviij li. 

jcvij li. xij s. iij d. 

xxvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

v°xix li. ij s. iij d. 

xijt'xl li. xxj d. 



The rentale of Melrose concernyng victuallis 



The abbay milles set in tak for 
The Vestouss myln of the auld 
The Newgrange . 
The Braidmedow 
The Awmont perk 

Summa of quheit . 

The toun of Galtounsyd 



iiij ch. girnell meill. 
ij eh[alders]. 

V ch. 

V b[olls]. 
iiij b. 

xj ch. ix b. 

j ch. 



Quheit. 



' William Maitland of Lethington, born 1528 (?), died 1573, Secretary of 
State 1558-1566. 

" Lord James Steuart, born 1531, died 23rd January 1569-70. Prior of St. 
Andrews 1538, Earl of Moray 30th January 1561-62, Earl of Mar 7th February 
1561-62, Regent of Scotland 23nd August 1567. 



136 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Butter. 



salt. 



The Annay . 




iij ch. j f[irlot]. 


The toun of Eleistoun . 


iij ch. 


The Langmedow .... 


jb.jf. 


The Newgrange .... 


iij ch. 


The Prior[wood] gevin doun be Lord 




James 1 to Robert Wallace iij 




b[olls] be ressoune of barrennes 




of the grund 


vj b. 


The Monk park . 




iiij b. 


Summa of meill 




X ch. xiij b. j f. 


Dainzeltoun 




vjch. 


Galtunsyde 




XV j ch. 


Annay 




iijch. jf. 


Coitmedow . 




iij b. ij f. 


Eildoun Coit 




vj b. 


Quheitzaird 




iij b. 


Prior Wod gevm doun as of befoir 




for barrennes, etc. 


iij b. vj f. v p*. 


Eleistoun ..... 


iij ch. 


Moshouses ..... 


j ch. 


Subtelleris land .... 


vb. 


Langmedo ..... 


iij b. ij f. 


The Semaisters lands by Dernick, etc. 




Monkpark ..... 


iiij b. 


Newsteid ..... 


xch. 


Summa of beir 


xl ch. XV b. j f. 


Aites : 




The Moshouses, of aites 


iij ch. 


The Monksmedow 


ijb. 


Butter of Cummslie : 




Cummslie toun and Laudopmuir . 


v^'^v stane butter 


Salt: 




Salt pannis of Prestoun olim thay 




payit 


viij ch. 



^ See note 2, p. 135, 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS Ut 

Cane foulis : 

Cane f ouUis of Melrosland with Eleis ^^"= ^°""'=- 

toun ..... vji^lx. 
cane foullis ; item . . • vj^^ iiij capones. 

Peittis : 
Thraipwod .... xx'^^ land of peittis. Peitis. 

Cariages : 
Melrosland aucht . . vj^xv by lym and peitts. 

The estimatioun of the teynds of the kirks per- 
tenyng to Melrose yeirlie riddin be the maist honest 
men in the cuntrie and speciallie in this yeir precedand 
viz. thriescoir fyve yeirs : — 
Item, in the first the teynds of the tua kirks of Hassinden 
and Cavers quhilks hes be[ne] led continuallie to the use 
of the place of the maist parte will extend in commoun 
yeirs as follows : — 
Item, in aites .... xxx ch. ■'^"^=' 

Item, in beir . . . . xij ch. Beir. 

Item, in quheit and peis . . iij ch. Quheit. 

The estimatioun of the teynds of Eist Teviotdaill per- 
tenyng to the house of Melrose in the yeir foirsaid : — 

Item, the teynds of Gaitshaw, Hun[am] grange, 
Southait [sic] and Denbie : — 
Item, in beir . . . . j ch, Bere. 

Item, in aites . . . . ij ch. viij b. Aites. 

The estimatioun of the teynds of the lands of Melrose 
land of the yeir foirsaid : — 
Item, in aites . . . . ix ch. 

Item, in beir . . . , ij ch. 

Memorandum, the kirks of Wester and New 

of Aitrik hes bene out of use of payment ony kynd of 
teynds sen Fluddoun and as yit reducit : 

Item, the teynd woU of Melrosland as yeirlie abonewrittin 
gadderit be honest men extends to . viij stanes. 

Item, the lambis therof this present yeir . . Ix. 

Item, the cheis of deid sheip extends to . . viij stane. 



Aites. 



138 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Meill. 



eill 



Item, the salmond ever [?] gadderit to the meit [?] fishe of 

the — nevir being under assedatioun extending to 

small number. 
Item the yairds and houses in to the hands of the abbot 

and convent be custome and use. 
Item, sum hay to small quantitie to the use of the place 

win upoun the expenses therof. 

The rentall of the lands and kirks in the West 

Cuntrie pertenyng to the hous of Me [Irose ?]. 
Item, the mailles of lands of Kyls- 

mure and Barmure extends in 

the yeir to . . . . iij^xxiiij li. 

Item, the lands of the Monkland in 

Cawrik pertenyng to Melrose 

extends in the yeir to . . j°vij li. xiij s. 

Item, the lands of the Monkland in 

Niddisdaill callit Dunscoir and 

the kirk therof extends in the 

yeir to . 

Summa particule 

Item, the teynds of the kirk of 

Uchiltrie extends in the yeir to 
Item, the teynds of the kirk of 

Mauchling extends in the yeir to 

The sowme of the haill silver in 
use of payment as alse not in 
use of payment, extends in 
the haill to 
The sowme of quheit 



Ixxxvj li. xiij s. 
vi^xviij li. vj s. viij d. 

xxxiiij ch. 
xxxiiij ch. 



The sowme of beir 
The sowme of meill 
The sowme of aites 
The sowme of capones 
therof out of use of payment 
The sowme of pultrie . 
The sowme of butyre . 
The sowme of salt 



jmvijc iviij li. 
xiiij ch. ix b. 
Ivj ch. V b. j f. 
Ixxviij ch. xiij b j f. 
xliiij ch. X b. 

j"=iiij ; 
Ixxxiiij. 
vj°xx. 
v''^ v stane. 
viij ch., all out of use 
of payment. 



RENTAL OP ABBEYLANDS 139 

The sowme of peitis . . iij°xl laid. 

The sowme of eariagis . v". 

Memorandum of thir foirsaids sowmes of victuall 
alsweill as of money, to be deducit and defalkit as efter 
foUowis : — 

Item, in the first to xj rehgious monkis and thre por- 
tionares seculares, as WiUiam Ormestoun, James Shaw, 
Patrik Hardy, extending yeirUe in money ilk persounas 
they have had lang be assignatioun to xx merks, the haill 
sowme ix^^ vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

Item, to ilk persoun of the saids xiiij persounes, j ch[alder] 
beir, cuntre met, as the Lords decreit therupoun proportis, 
extending in the haill in girnell met to xvij ch. iij b. ij. f. 
iij pf! [pecks] or therby. 

Item, to ilk ane of the saids persounes iiij b. quheit, 
cuntre met, extending in the haill in gimall met to four 
chalder xiiij b. ij f. ij p'^ or therby, with tua chalder meill 
to the monks. 

Item, to be deducit of thir premises be assignatioun 
maid to the Lord Seytoun the haill mailles of Kylismure, 
Barmure, the lands of Carrik and Niddisdaill, extending to 
v'^xviij li. vj s. viij d. 

Togidder with the teynd meill of the kirks of Mauchling 
and Ouchiltrie, extending to Ixviij ch. meill, and that in 
contentatioun of ane pensioun grantit to the Lord Seytoun 
and his barnes of xvj" merks. 

Item, to be defalkit and deducit v ch. quheit, iij ch. 
meill, gevin in pensioun to the Erie of Glencame and his 
sone and tane up fra the Laird of Bass of the lands of 
Grange. 

Item, to be defalkit and deducit of the teynds of 

and Cavers, albeit they be riddin and nocht in use of pay- 
ment, lands of Ringwodfeild and uthers adjacent upon 
viij ch. aites be ressoun of devastatioun of the . 

Item, the officers feis . . . . xx K. 

Summa of silver defaikit extends [to] vij^xx [li.] 
Summa of meill defakit extend [to] Ix [ch ?]. 



140 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Summa of the quheit defalkit ex- 
tends to .... xiiij b. ij f. 
Summa of beir defaikit . xvij ch iij b. iij f. iij peccis 

Item, defaikit of butyre to the monks, ilk persomi thrie 
stane. 
And sua restis de claro to be deducit 

betuix the thrid and the tua 

part in silver . . . j"' xxxiij li. \iij s. v d. 

And heirof not in use of payment 

the sowme of . . . 

Sua restis in use of payment 
Item, restis to be devydit of the 

quheit ..... 
Sua restis to be devydit of beir 
Sua restis to be deducit of meill 
Sua restis to be deducit of aites 



vt'xix li. ij s. iij d. 
v^xiiij li. vj s. ij d. 



iiij ch. x b. j f. 
xxxix ch. j b. ij f. 
V ch. xiij b. 
xxxvj ch. X b. 



The divisioun of this rentall of the Abbay of Melrose : — 



Summa of the money 

Stherof 

Summa of the salt 

3 therof 

Summa of butter 

3 therof 

Summa of the peitis 

3 therof 

Summa of cayne fouUis 

■Thrid therof 

Summa of capones 

3 therof 



jmyjcixxxxvij li. xj s. V d. 
v^^lxv li. xvij s. j d. 2 p*. d. 

iij ch. 

jch. 

1 stanes. 

xvj stanes 2 pt stane 

iij^xl laids. 

j^xiij laid 3 pt laid. 

iij<=lxxx. 

jcxxvj fouUis. 

xxiiij. 



VllJ. 

The rentale of the Abacie of Melrose pertenyng pre- 
senthe to the Abbot by the lands of Kyllismure Bar- 
mure Niddisdaill Carrik and kirks pertenyng therto 
and alse by the ferms of Lamermure quhilk my Lord 
of Glencarnes brother has in pensioun presentlie 

The lands of Blainslie . . . xlv li. xviij s. 

Moreistoun iij li. iij s. iiij d. 

Langshaw, mylne therof, and Ester 

syd of Housbyre . . . xviij li. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



141 



Halkbumam 

Bukholme . 

Apletrelevis 

Wester Raik and Housbyre 

Langlie 

Freircroft . 

Meirbank, Sowretcroft, CartleyiS; 

and Newfuirdhaugh 
Drygrange . 
Reidpethe . 
The annuells and custume of Littill 

Fordaill 
Newtoun mylne 
.Auld Melrose 
Eildoun 
Lessudden . 
Murehouslaw 
Newsteid wyth the pendicles 
Ladopemure the nather syd . 
Wairds of Melrose 
Coulmesliehill 

CalfhiU .... 
Maxpoppill .... 
Cambestoun and Plewland . 
Alenshawis .... 
Vowplaw .... 
Threipwode 

Quhitlie .... 
Williamlaw 
Williamelaw 
Sorrowlesfeild 

Newtoun .... 
Freirshaw .... 
Cringlis .... 
Monkfauld .... 
Kirkland of Hassinden and Cavers 
Seymaisterlands . 
Newgrange mylne in Lamermure 
Galtonsyd with the pendicles 



iij li. vj s. viij d. 

xli. 

XXX li. 

xli. 

xij li. xiij s. iiij d. 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

xvij li. vj s. viij d. 

xxij li. 

xxj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

xxxvj li. 

viij li. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

xxvj li. 

Ivj li. 

xij li. vj s. viij d. 

iiijxx V li. xvj s. 

xviij li. vj s. viij d. 

xl s. 

vli. 

xli.orxxxvotheris[?] 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

xli. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

iij li. vj s. viij d. 

xxxij li. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vli. 

xxx s. 

xxvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vli. 

vli. 

xl s. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

xiij li. vj s. viij d. 

xl s. 

j"=xix li. xix s. iiij d. 



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MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Seymaisterlands 
Anay 
Buklawis 
Walkercroft 
Pryorwod . 
Moshouses . 
Ves[t]hous mylne 
Fisheing of Tueid 
Abbay mylnes 
Demik 
Danieltoun . 



Summa of the haill mailles of 
the barronie of Melrose 



iiij li. 

xliij li. vj s. 

xvj s. 

XX s. 

viij li. xij s. 

xviij li. xiij s. 

xij li. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

xlviij li. 

iiij^'^ xj li. 

xlli. 

xxxvij li. xiij s. 



jo^xxiiijli.xvj s.viijd. 
The lands of Est Teviotdaill :— 



Gaitshaw 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Howiiomgrange . 


xli. 


Elestoun Coit [or Cliftoncoat] 


. vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Sowthcoit [sic] 


iiij li. 


Antonburne 


xli. 


Hownoumgrange mylne 


xl s. 


Summa, xxxix li. vj s. viij d. 




The lands of Uggir 


mis : — 


Falset 


vli. 


Trone 




vii. 


Coklaw 




vij li. X s. 


Emershaw [or Evingshaw] 




vij li. X s. 


Breithchnes or [Bresmeis] 




vli. 


Sourhope 




vli. 


Fasschaw or [Radshaw] 




xli. 


Copitrig 




vli. 


Summa 




Hi. 


The lands of the IV 


[erse : — 


The four lands of Hassintoun Manes 




Harlaw, Clerkland, and Pittell 




seuch . . . . . 


xviij li. 


Summa patet . 




xviij li. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



143 



The lands of Lamermure : — 


Hertsyd xl li. 


Preistlaw, Pansheills, Kingsyd, 


Freirdyks and Wintersheil- 


dykip [?dykis] . . . xxx li. 


Summa . . . Ixxli. 


The lands of Tueddaill :— 


Hairhoip . . . . . xvli. 


Hopcarten . 


. 


. 


. iij li. vj s, viij d. 


Kingildors . 


. 


. 


. viij li. 


Wolfclyd . 


. 


. 


. Ivj s. j d. 


Summa . 


• 


. 


. xxix li. ij s. ix d. 


The lands of Atrik :— 


Glenkeyrie ..... iiij li. 


Migehoipe . 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Atrikhous . 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Schorthope . 






. vli. 


Fairhope 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Kirkhope . 






. vli. 


Elspyhoipe . 






vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Scabecleuch 






. iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Craig 






. ijK. 


Ramsecleuch 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Thirlistane . 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Langhope . 






. vj li. xiij s. iiij d 


Summa 






. Ixvj li. 


The lands of Ringwodfeild : — 


The Burgey [?] . . . . iiij li. 


Stobecoit . 






■ vj li. 


Ringwodhauch 






. V li. 


Bowandhill 






. V li. 


Grange 






. iiij li. 


Preisthauch 






. V li. 


Pennangushoip 






. V li. 


Woisterrie . 






. V li. 


Northous . 






. V li. 



144 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Sowdenrig 


. 




vli. 


Cauldcleuch . . . . iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Summa . . . -Iij K- vj s. viij d. 


The lands of Esdaillmure : — 


TuUoquhair . . . . vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Crury 




V li. vj s. viij d. 


Yetbyre 






vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Newbyre 






XX li. 


Kirkfauld 






iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Cristelhill 






iiij li. vj s. viij d. 


Blakscoit 






vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Powdono 






iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Powmunk 






iiij li. X s. 


Powcleis 






iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Glendarge 






vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Cassope 






vli. 


Fynglen 






vli. 


Awirlosk 






vli. 


Mydlawheid 






vli. 


Rabume 






xli. 


Hairwod 






xli. 


Midleburne 






iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Tymmerhill 




vli. 


Jonstoun 




vli. 


Walterrocat 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Treshawhill 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Walterrocat grange 




xli. 


Garvaldhous 




vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 


Crukitheuch 




vli. 


Dumfermling 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Cubeneburne 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


The kirldand of Vatstirker 




iij li. vj s. viij d. 


Summa . 


jciijxx iijj Ji_ xvj s. viij d 


Summa patet . 


. xxxiij li. vj s. viij d 


Burrow Annuells : — 


St. Jonstoun .... iij li. 


Edinburgh . 


. . . 


• 


xxixli. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



145 



Hadingtoun 




XX s. 


Selkirk 




xl s. 


Peiblis 




viij s. 


Jedburgh . 




iiij s. 


Summa . 




XXXV ii. xij s 



The teynds set in assedatioun : — 



Item^ the teyndshaves of BlainsUe . 

The teyndshaves of Apletrelevis, 
Meirbank, Soutercroft, Cart- 
leyis, and Norfurdhauch 

Item, teyndshaves of Calfhill 

Item, the teyndshaves of Eildoun . 

The haill teynds of Atrik 

The haill teynds of Coulmesliehill . 

The haill teynds of Vouplaw 

The haill teynds of Langlie • 

The haill teynds of Colmeslie 

The teynds of Drygrange 

Summa .... 

Item, the teynds underwrittin, viz. 
Blakholme, Quhitlie, Villiam- 
law, Halkburne Langshaw, 
Wousbyre, Alenshawis, Auld 
Melros, akers of Littill Fordaill, 
Vairds of Melros, Gaitshaw, 
Denbray, Hunoumgrange, and 
Southcoit .... 

The teynds of Hassanden and Cavers 
refers to the tak quhilk is not 
producit as yit . 

Salt :— 
Item, the four salt panes of Prestoun 
Summa patet . 
Butter : — 
Item, the Oversyd of Coulmeslie 
payis ..... 
Summa patet. 

VOL. III. 



xxvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 



xiij li. vj s. viij d. 

vjli. 

xii. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

XXX s. 

xli. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

XX li. 

jt'vij li. X s. 



xlli. 

j<= merks. 

iij ch. salt, 
iij ch[alders]. 

1 stanes butter. 



Set in tak to 
•the Laird of 
Lochlevin. 



j Set to the 
LLaird of 
iBuccleucb, 



146 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Peitis : — 




Thraipwod ..... 


iij^'xl laidis. 


Kayn foullis : — 




Item, the cayne foullis . 


iij'=iiij ^^. 


Capones : — 




Item, the capones 


xxiiij. 


Summa of the haill rentale 


, 


of Melrose in silver j ™ 


vj^lxxxxvij ii. xj s. vd, 


Quhairof thair is gevin furth 


in pensiounes. 


Item, first to aucht monks portiounes 




yeirlie for ther pensiounes 


ij^vij li. xvj s. 


Item, to Mr. James Lauder in pen- 




sioun ..... 


iiijx'^ xj K. 


Item, to James Shaw . 


xvj li. 


Item, ane pensioun tana up be Wil- 




liam Ormestoun, quherof ther 




is na surtie as yit sene. 




Alexander Hayis pensioun 


xxxiij li. vj s. viij d. 


Summa of the pensiounes 




to be deducit of the 




rentale 


xld. 


to 


iij'=xlvij li. viij s. 


And sua ther restis of the rentale the 




sax pensiounes being deducit 




extends to . 


imiiici li. iii s. 



The thrid quherof will extend to iiijcl li. 13 d. and half d. 

Rex. 

Collectour generall, your depuites and clerks, It is our 
will with avyse and consent of our richt traist cousing 
James, Erie of Mortoun, Lord Dalkeyth, Regent to our 
realme and legis, and we ordane yow efter the sicht heirof 
to ressave fra our traist counsalour Alexander, Commenda- 
tor of Culross, tradintour and administratour to James, 
Commendator of Melrose, ane rentale of the said Abacie of 
Melrose as the samin presentlie extendis to, and assume 
ane thrid therof, for the quhilk ye sail charge onlie in tymes 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 147 

cuming, begynand your entrie to the yeir and crope Ixxviij 
nixtocum, and keip thir presents to your warrand. Sub- 
scr3rvit be our said richt traist cousing and regent, at Haly 
ruidhous, the last day of Januar the yeir of God j'^v^lxxvij 
yeris. 
Sic subscribitur, James, Regent. 

Berwyke. 

Rentale de Dryburght. 
The kirks set for victuaUis. 

Kirk Lessudden : The toun of 

Lessuden — iij. chalders viij bolls meill 

ij chalders beir. 

viij bolls quheit. 
Elistoun — j ch. meill, viij b. beir. 
The Newtoun — ij ch. aites. 



I4g MELROSIl REGALITY RECORDS 



THE EABL OF HADDINGTON'S 
MANUSCRIPTS 

Registeum Melrosense de certis cartis aliisque 
evidentiis per reverendum dominum Jacobum Com- 
mendatarium monasterii de Melrose et ejusdem loci 
conventum concessis incipiendo a.d. 1555. 

{Translation) 
Register of Melrose of certain charters and other evidents 
granted by the Reverend Lord James, Commendator 
of the Monastery of Melrose and the convent of that 
place beginning a.d. 1555, 

' The Rentall grantit and gyffin be my lord Com- 
mendatar of Kelso and Melrose to the tennentis of 
Newtoun within Melroseland and desyrit to be 
regestrate. 
' We Lord James, be the permissioun of God Com- 
mendatar of the abbayis of Kelso and Melrose be the 
tenour heirof admittis enteris and ressavis as lauchfuU 
tennentis thir personis underwrittin in and to all and hale 
the landis within specifyit lyand in Newtoun within the 
lordschip of Melroseland, that is to say, Robert Clerk in ane 
quarter land. Will Thurbrand in ane husband land, David 
Gaustoun in half land, Thome Lethane in thre half landis, 
Thome Myldis in ane husband land, Jonet Johnestoun in 
thre quarteris land, Yssabell Robsone in half a land, 
Robert Johnestoun in ane quarter land, Jok Lethem in ane 
husband land and ane quarter land, Jonet Lethane in ane 
quarter land, Thome Johnestoun in ane husband land, 
Thome Stannouse in ane husband land, Alexander Couchren 
in half a land, Besse Myldis in ane quarter land, Sande 
Andersoun in half a land. Joke Hetoun in half land, 
James Vair in ane husband land, Thome Vair in half land, 
Jok Andersoun in ane land ; the forsaid personis payand to 



RENTAL OF DARNICK 149 

us and our successouris all yeirlie dewitey and dew service 
usit and wount to our place forsaid. In witness of the 
quhilk thing we have subscrivit this present with our hand, 
our sele of office is affixt, at Melrose the xxvj day of 
November in the yeir of God j'^v'' fyfty and four yeris. 
{Svbscriptio) James Commendatour of Kelso and Melrose. 
Sigillum officii appenditur impressum cera rubea et alba 
circumdatum. Ita est Radulphus Hudsoun monachus et 
registri custos manu sua signet,'' (f. 1.) 

Similar Rental for the tenants of ' the onsettis yairdis 
boundis and landis with the pertinentis respective [under]- 
writtin lyand within our toun and territorie of Dernwyk, 
lordschip of Melrosland and sherefdome of Roxburgh,' viz. 
' Johnne Fischer, sone to umquhile Patrik Fischer in 
Dernwyk, in and to thre onsettis ane yairde and tuentie 
akeris of land pertening to his said umquhyle fader ; the 
said Johnne Fischer in and to four akeris of land coft be 
him [fra] Henry Symsoun ; the said Johnne Fischer in and 
to tua akeris of land lyand in the Awna pertening to his said 
umquhile fader ; William Leys in and to aucht akeris of 
land quhairintill he is rentelit be my lord Commendatar 
forsaid of befor, with onset pertening to the samyn ; the 
said William in and to thre akeris of land coft fra Matho 
Fischer ; Robert [ . . -^ ] in and to ane onset and ten 
akeris of land ; Andro Hetoun in and to ane onset and 
four akeris of land pertening [to his] fader Dicke Hetoun ; 
Thomas Myldis in and to ane onset and tua akeris of land 
pertening to umquhyle Robert [...]; Patrik Merser in 
and to sax akeris of land ; Robert Kennedy in and to tua 
akeris of land coft fra Matho Fischer ; T[homas ?] Fischer 
in and to four akeris of land coft fra Henry Symsoun ; 
Johne Ramsay in and to tua akeris of land coft [fra] 
Matho Fischer ' ; to be held by them for their lifetimes 
for payment to the convent of Melrose of the ' fermis 
careges cayne foulis with utheris dewiteis and dew servicis ' 
used and wont conform to the rental of the abbey of 
Melrose. Dated at Melrose, 5th June 155[7?]. Signed by 

^ Edge frayed. 



150 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

James, Commendator of Kelso and Melrose. (Notary's 
subscription frayed away.) (f- !•) 

' Secundo Februarii anno Domini 1556. Dominus 
Thomas Mersar, supprior Melrosensis, and divers brether, 
viz. Den William Filp, Den Jhone Hougart, Den Jhone 
Watsoun, senior, Johannes Watsoun, junior. Den Alexander 
Bellenden, Thomas Hallewell, James Ramsay, David 
Hoppringill, bursarius, the said supprior produeit befor 
my lord James, Commendatar of Kelso and Melrose, and his 
Lordis auditour admittit upoun his coumptis of the said 

Abbay of Melrose, viz. Robert Carmichell of , David 

Stewart, persoun of Easkirk, Mr. William Schaw, prcivest 
of Abirnethy, Mr. Walter Balfour, persoun of Lintoun, 
Den William Wilsoun, channone of Driburgh and chalmer- 
lane of Kelso, and Andro Hog, chalmerlane of Melrose, 
being all present, the saidis Lordis Commendataris letters 
of assignatioun gewin and grantit be the said commendatar 
to the said supprior and convent of Melrose in dew forme 
under the saidis Lordis sele of office and his manuale sub- 
scription and under the common sele of the cheptour of 
the said abbay of Melrose and als under the sele of office 
and subscription manuale of ane reverend fader Gaulter, 
Abbot of Glenluce, and Commissar Generale of the ordour 
of Cisteax, deput be the Abbot therof and generall chaptour; 
and quhair the said reverend Lord Commendatar wald 
nocht allow in the coumptis certen proffectis pertening to 
the said supprior and convent without reall production 
of the said letters of assignatioun, the samyn being sychtit 
be the said Lord and auditour and admittit in all poyntis 
conform to the samyn and efter the tenour and effect 
therof; therfor the said supprior and convent presentlie 
protestit that na tymis cuming the saidis letters of assigna- 
tion nocht heirefter to be produeit befor the said Lord 
Commendatar, bot the samyn because of the trubule [?] of 
the Bourdour to be put 4n suyr keping quhair the sadis 
supprior and brether thinkis expedient, and presentlie the 
said supprior and convent requyrit my Lord Commendatar 
to fulfill all thingis contenit in the sadis letters of assigna- 



REDEMPTION OF LANDS 151 

tion, and offerit presentlie the copy of the saidis letters of 
assignation to the said Lord Commendatar, and protestit 
gjrf my Lord forsaid inlakkit of ony thing of his promiss and 
obKgation contenyt in the sadis letters of assignation for 
remedy of law. Super quibus dictus suppriw Melrosensis 
peciit a me Domino Radulpho Hudsoun, monacho ejusdem 
monasterii et notario ordinis instrumentum seu instrumenta. 
Acta ercmt hec infra cuhiculum Domini Commendatarii 
hora tertia post meridiem vel ea circa die et anno quo supra, 
coram Mis testibus, Johanne Weyr, chamerario de Lesma- 
hagho, Henrico Kynlocht, cum diversis aliis, et dictus sup- 
prior instantore supplicavit dictas litteras assignationis 
in forma redigi.^ (f- 2.) 

' xxiiijo Aprilis anno Domini 1557, Andro Hog, chal- 
merlane of Melrose, procuratour specialie institute pro- 
curatour be the tenour of ane commissioun subscrivit be 
my Lord Commendatar of Kelso and Melrose and be the 
convent of Melrose and under the common sele of the 
cheptour of Melrose in dew form, cujus commissionis tenor 
sequitur et est talis [blank left here] : be the vertew of the 
quhilk commissioun the said Andro Hog chalmerlane past 
to the principall mansion of Cowmesle and maid lauchfull 
warning to Marioun Hoppringill of the samyn being present 
and to Robert Carnecorce hir sone nocht being personlie 
apprehendit, to cum to the abbay kirk of Melrose the v day 
of June nixt to cum betuix the sone rysing and the sone 
ganging, to and upoun the hie altar of the samyn kirk, to 
ressave viij*' li and utheris sowmis of money conteinit in 
ane reversion under dew forme for redeming of the landis 
of Langlie and Wolhousbyir, the West Raik, and did all 
uther thingis conform to the commissioun forsaid and efter 
the tenour therof, befor thir witness, Thomas Robisoun, 
Thomas M'Clane, James Hoy. Super quibus dictus 
Andreas peciit instrumentum a me Domino Radulpho 
Hudsoun, notario ordinis Cisterciensis et hoc oh defectum 
alterius notarii publici. Acta erant hec a/pud portam prin- 
cipalis messuagii de Cowmeslie hora[m] circiter sextam post 
zneridiem die mense et anno prefatis indictione. 



152 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

' Item, the samyn day tym and place the [said] Mariouiti 
Hoppringill of CowmesUe requyrit at the said Andro Hog 
ane copy of the commissioun he representit, allegeand hir 
be law to have the samyn, and the said Andro on that 
uther part allegit he belewit law requyrit nocht the copy 
of sik commissionis, and gyf that he aucht of the law to 
delyver the samyn within xxiiij houris therefter it suld be 
delyverit, and in the meyne tyme delyverit the said 
commissioun to George Carnecorse the said Marioun sone 
to reid and considder the samyn. Super quibus the said 
Marioun and Andro hinc inde pecierunt instrumenta, die 
hora anno loco et testibus suprascriptis. Ita est Badulphus 
Hudsoun mmiu sua signat.' (f. 2.) 

' xiiij° Junii 1557. Personaliter constituti Dominus 
Thomas Mersar, s[upprior], Johannes Hogart, Ra[dulphus] 
Hudson, Thomas Meyn, Johannes Fourhouse, Bernardus 
Boustoun, Alexander Bellenden, Thomas Hallewell, 
Johannes Watson, senior, Jacobus Ramsay, Jacobus 
Arbothenet, et Johannes Watson, junior, necnon Andreas 
Hog, chamerarius Melrosensis, the said Andro at the 
command of the said supprior and convent exponit the 
case how that instant day in the morning Bertill Derling 
in the West house come to the said supprior and convent 
and to the said Andro, and hevelie lamentit the grete 
wiolence done to him and his moder, ane aid woman, 
within their awin house and tenement be William Ormes- 
toun callit pensionar of ane portion in Melrose, quha com 

and brak up thair duris the nycht afor at houris of 

the nycht and strake the said Bertill with ane grete tre 
and brak the samyn upoun the said Bertill, and strake his 
moder, and in the meyn tyme as the said Bertill alleget 
drew ane quhynzer to the said Bertill and schorit to steyk 
him without that he pa3rt the male of the feemaisteris 
land to him, and therefter reft ane ox fra the said Bertill ; 
and therefter how the said William Ormestoun come to 
Dicke Heton cart and tuk the said Dicke [his] horse : Upoun 
the quhilkis injuris violence and displesouris done to the 
grete displesour of God, contemptioun of the auctorjte of 



CHARGE OF ASSAULT 153 

my Lord convent thair baillie and chalmerlane, the said 
supprior and convent and chalmerlane hewelie weying the 
samyn and willing to put remedy therto according to the 
statutis of the regalite of the Lordschip of Melroseland and 
gud ordouring, therfor causit presentlie to call the said 
William Ormestoun, quha comperit personalie, and pre- 
sentlye the said supprior convent and chalmerlane gaif 
express command and charge to Thome Davidsoun, 
barroun serjand, als being present upoun my Lord Com- 
mendatar and thair baillies to charge the said William to 
find souerte and lauborris that the said Bertill, Dicke 
Hetoun and utheris the occupyaris of the Feemaisteris 
landis, and all utheris tenentis of this lordschip, be skatheles 
in thair body and guddis, and siclyk that the said William 
redelyver the saidis ox and horse reft be him, and fra 
thyne furth to desist and ceise fra ony ferther taking 
poynding and perturbacion of the saidis tennentis guddis 
within the said lordschip, and that quhill my Lordis 
[cuming ?], under the pane of tynsell casing annulling 
revoking of all portioun pensioun and all uther thing the 
said William hes of the said Lord and convent, and the 
said officer to assigne the xij hour at none of the samyn 
day to the said William to fulfill the samyn ; quhilk 
charge the said Thomas Davidsoun execut presentlie and 
charget the said William to do in all thingis as is afor 
expremit under the pane forsaid, in name of my Lord 
forsaid, convent, chalmerlane ; and quhair the said 
William alleget him to have commissioun of my Lord to 
poynd for the said Feemaisteris landis, and requyrit to 
produce the samyn, quha refusit the productioun thairof. 
Super quibus omnibus et singulis the said supprior in 
presence of the said convent and chalmerlane requyrit ane 
instrument at me notar of the ordour underwrittin. 
Acta erant hec die mense anno et indictione et pontificatu 
quibus supra, infra ecclesiam Melrosensem ex boreali parte 
ejusdem juxta insulam Divi Benedicti hora octava ante 
merediem aut eo circa, befor thir witness. Sir Thomas 
Crystesoun, persoun of Lintoun, George Hog in Fauchhill, 
Robert Boustoun, Joke Clement, with utheris divers, 



154 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Thome Robisoun. Ita est Radulphus Hudsoun monachus et 
notarius ordinis manu sua signal.' (f. 3.) 

' xvj° Junii 1557. ' Personaliter constitutus Dominus 
Thomas Mersar, supprior of Melrose, and Andro Hog, 
chalmerlane, requyret at Thome Davidsoun, barroun 
serjand, gyff WiUiam Ormestoun, pensionar of Melrose, 
had fulfillit the charge gewin to him be the said Thomas 
as tuiching the contentis of the instrument immediatlie afor 
expremit and tuiching every pdrt and clause thairof 
respective, the said Thomas Davidsoun maid fa5i;h that 
the said William Ormestoun nother be him selff nor nane 
interponit persoun find na maner of souerte to him conform 
to the charge befor rehersit nor of na pairt thairof, that 
come to his knawlege ; thairfor the said supprior protestit 
in name and behalft of my Lord Commendatar convent for 
annulling revoking discharging ... of the said William 
Ormestoun pensioun portioun chalmer yairdis and utheris 
proffettis quhatsumever [quhilk] he hes of the said Com- 
mendatar and convent, for his wilfuU disobedience to 
thame in . . . [bejhalff according to justice, and presentlie 
the said supprior . . . instrument to be extendit in 
uberiori forma and for all remeid of law in nane. . . . 
[Comjmendatar and convent be all wayis as may be providit 
of the law or be the actis of the regalite of Melrose. Super 
quibus dictus Dominus Thomas Mersar supprior peciit a me 
Domino Radulfo Hudsoun notario ordinis publicum instru- 
mentum seu instrumenta. Acta erant hec infra chameram 
dicti Domini Badulphi hora octava post meridiem aut eo 
circa die anno mense quibus supra, presentibus ibidem 
Domino Andrea Wrycht, Willelmo Lorymer, burgensi de 
Edinburgh, Andrea Linlythqo, Roberto Couchren, Thoma 
Moss cum diversis aliis testibus.. Radulphus Hudsoun 
manu sua signal.'' (f. 3.) 

' The xviij day of Junii 1557, indictione pontificatu, etc. 
Personaliter constitutus Johannes Bell in Mauchlyn as 
lauchfull prOcuratour for Jhone Reid younger maid 
resignatioun of ix s. vj d. land, viz. v s. land in Nether 
Wod and iiij s. vj.d. land in Eschaw burne, quhairof the 



AN AYRSHIRE GRANT 155 

said Johne Reid obtenit infeftment afor in my lord James, 
Commendataris of Melrose, hand, in the favouris of Jhone 
Bell younger and William Bell his bruther, bathe sounis to 
Thome Bell in Ballochmyle, conform to ane procuratorie 
contenit within this leif at the margent thairof, befor thir 
witness, Mr. Walter Balfour, persoun of Lintoun, James 
Loch, burgess of Leythe, James Macklane, maister cuyk to 
my Lord Commendatar, Joke Symount, with utheris divers. 
Badulphus Hudsoun manu sua signal.' (f. 3.) 

' xxj" Augusti anno Domini 'm''vHvij'' personaliter 
constitutus Den Thomas Mersar, supprior of Melrose, in 
presence of the eldering brether of the said abbay, viz. 
Dene William Philp, Jhone Hogart, Thomas Meyne, Johne 
Watsoun, Alexander Bellenden, Johne Fourhouse, Bernard 
Boustoun, and befor me, notar of the ordour of Cisteous, 
exponit the case how that that ilk day at x houris my 
Lord James, Commendatare of that ilk abbay of Melrose, 
in presence of the said supprior and certane of the brether 
being present had requyrit him and the convent to sele 
and subscrive ane chertour of few of xij s. vj d. land in 
Over Katryne within thair lordschip of Kylismuir to 
Adam Aird, tennent thairof, and the said supprior ansuerit 
as he allegit to the said lord Commendatare that thair was 
ane appoyntment betuix the said Lord and convent at the 
first consenting to the fewis of Kylismur grantit of the date, 
viz. xaf Februarii anno Domini m°v° quinto [sz'c], be the 
quhilk appoyntment my lord Commendatar forsaid was 
oblist be his sele and subscriptioun to have delyverit to the 
reparatioun of the said abbay v'= merkis of the reddiest 
and first pament of the said compositioun silver, and 
siclyk iij° merkis of the teyndis of Hassynden, and na pairt 
of the said sowms as yit delyverit, and for that cause and 
uther ressonabill causes and specialie for unfullfilling of 
certane poyntis and articlis be my Lord forsaid for wele 
of the said abbay, the convent culd nocht condissend to 
subscrive and sele the said Adam Aird chertour nor na 
uther chertour quhill my Lordis obligatioun tuiching the 
pament of the said sowmis of money and fulfilling of the 



156 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

saidis articlis conform to the tenouris thairof, and specialie 
towart the redemyng of the proffitabill landis wodset be 
the said Commendatar ; and efter the said ansuer gewin 
to [sic] the said supprior as he alleges, my Lord Com- 
mendatar forsaid as apperit be his wult and exteriour 
mowing of his body grew crawbit, and said gyf the con- 
went wald nocht consent to subscriwe the said Adam Aird 
chertour and utheris the chertouris of Kylismur, nocht 
ellis past the sells, he wald discharge the fermeraris a,nd 
utheris tenentis of the lordschip to ansuer thame of thair 
assignatioun of pensioun assignit to thame for thair lewing 
and sustentatioun : And because the said supprior alleges 
he ferit throcht dreddour of the said Commendatar to tak 
ane instrument heirupoun in the said Commendatare 
presence, thairfor presentlie affeirmis in name and behalf 
of the convent present, thai consentand alsua thairto, that 
to quhatsumever thing thai consentit that instant day to- 
wart the seling and subscriving of the said Adam Aird 
chertour or any utheris evidence or chertouris quhill the 
tyme my lord Commendatar forsaid had fulfillit all poyntis 
of his obligatioun, and specialie towart the delyverance of 
the saidis sowmes of money to the reparatioun of the 
place, and siclyk the abbay landis to be redemit, and all 
uther poyntis of the said Commendataris obligatioun to be 
realie fulfillit, suld nocht be of thair gud will bot throcht 
compulsioun and throcht feyr and dredour of the said 
conventis lewing to be discharget and tane fra thame be 
the said Commendatar conform to his minatorious wordis 
schawin in presence of the convent as said [is] ; and the 
said supprior and convent protestis thairfor that the said 
convent consent heirefter ony tym gewin to ony few or 
ewident be nocht prejudiciall to the profet of the said 
abbay, bot for tym and place to be revokit cassit and 
annuUit siclyk as thai nor nane of thame had nocht 
subscrivit nor gewin of the commoun sele thairto. And 
mairattour the said supprior and convent allegeing and 
weyng hevelie the tribulous tym of weir now laitlie risin 
and thairfor as thai allege standis sa schairp to thame that 
allbeit thai wald be intendit to persew ordour of justice 



SOUTH DOOR OF ABBEY 157 

aganis thaix Commendatar thair is na oportune tym to be 
gottin presentlie, and the office of generall commissar 
vacand be the deceis of Glenluce, and all uther ressonis 
ferther to be coUeckit and requirit be the said supprior 
and convent, this present instrument to be extendit ferther 
tuiching thir premissis in uberiori forma in his and in name 
and behalff of the hale convent of the said abbay, and 
protestis for remeid of law. Super quibus omnibus et 
singulis dictus supprior in presencia dictorumfratrum peciit 
a me notario ordinis subscripto unum seu plura instrumentum 
seu instrumenta. Acta erant hec infra ecclesiam Melrosen- 
sem et infra insulam Divi Benedicti hora undecima ante 
meridiem, et hoc immediate post decessum dicti Domini 
Commendatarii de ecclesia, presentibus eciam ibidem 
Domino Andrea Wrycht capelkmo dominicali, Johanne Bate 
et Nynicmo Myldis, cum diversis aliis testibus vocatis pariter 
et rogatis. Badulphus Hudsoun manu sua signat.' (f. 3.) 

' xiij° Novembris 1557, personaliter constitutus etc. 
Dominus Thomas Hallewell ex sua benevolencia fideliter 
promisit ut subveniret edificationi ostii australis ecclesie 
Melrosensis de sua bursa per deliberationem xx c. magistro 
operis ejusdem quamprimum hoc idem opus inceptum 
fuerit infra annum a dato presentis instrumenti : Super 
quo Dominus Johannes Watsoun, junior, peciit instru- 
mentum, apud Melrose infra cubiculum Domini Radulfi 
Hudsoun infra infirmatorium coram hiis testibus, dicto 
Do^iino Radulpho et Georgeo Weir et diversis aliis testibus. 
Radulphus Hudsoun manu sua signat.' (f. 4.) 

{Translation) 

1557, Nov. 13, personally compeared Sir Thomas Halle- 
well and faithfully promised out of his benevolence to con- 
tribute towards the building of the south door of the 
church of Melrose by paying out of his purse to the master 
of work 20 c. as soon as this work was begun, within a 
year from the date of the present instrument ; whereupon 
Sir John Watsoun, younger, asked instrument, at Melrose 
in the bedchamber of Sir Ralph Hudsoun, within the 



158 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

infirmary, in presence of the said Sir Ralph, George Weir, 
and others. Ralph Hudsoun subscribes with his hand. 

' Indictione et pontificatu, etc. Secundo Aprilis anno 
Domini 1558 Dene Johne Watsoun, supprior of Melrose, in 
presence of the convent thairof being present, seand Mr. 
Walter Balfour, persoun of Lintoun, Michell Cheshelm, 
alleget baillie deput of the regalite of Melrose, with thair 
cumpany and complicis turweand the leid of thair closter 
and causand to cast doune the samyn extending to xj stane 
of leid or thairby, at thair plesour, and spulzeing thair 
dedicate place of sic profitable thing, and reiffand the 
samyn, for the quhilk cause the said subprior for him and 
in name and behalf of the said convent cryand Spulze and 
reif, and mycht nocht resist be power, and thairfor pro- 
testit that the said Mr. Walter, Michell Chesholm and thair 
complicis suld stand under the cherge of spulze and reif 
thairof according to justice, and utherwayis protestit for 
remeid of law ; quhilk was done within the grete closter of 
Melrose at xij houris of the day or thairby, being present 
Thomas Huntar in the Hawkburne, Johne Mow of that Ilk 
younger, Thome Davidsoun, barroun serjand of the regalite 
of Melrose, with utheris divers. Super quo dictus D. 
Johannes Watsoun, prior [sic], in presencia conventus a me 
peciit instrumentum. Badulphus notarius ordinis manu 
sua signal.' ''^ (f. 4.) 



' The following decree against Walter Scott of Branxholme is a further 
instance of the spoliation of the Abbey. 

' Anent the summondis raisit at the instance of James commendater of the 
abbay of Melros convent thairof and Alexander commendater of Culros 
coadiutor and administratour to him for his interes Aganis Walter Scott of 
Branxholme knycht quhom aganis the actioun vnderwrittin is intentit allanerlie 
for thair wranguis violent and masterfull casting doun demolitioun and tyrving 
be him self his servandis and complices in his naim of his causing command 
assistance and ratihabitioun of the principale abbay and kirk of Melros situate 
within the lordschip of Melros and schirefdome of Roxburgh alsweill inner kirk 
queir vter kirk and stepill and croce kirk of the samin And for the wranguis 
spoliatioun detening avaytaking withhalding and disponing of the stanis tymmer 
leid irne and glas of the said kirk and stepill thairof extending to diuers greit 
quantiteis and prices in the monethis of Januar Februar Marche and Aprile the 
zeir of God j^v^lxix zeiris and diuers dayis thairefter the said haill kirk than 
pertening to the said abbay as ane propir and principale part of the samin biggit 
edificat and dedicat to the said abbay abbot or commendater or convent of the 



DISPUTE REGARDING PRECEPT 159 

' ix Aprilis anno Domini 1558. We, Dene Raulphe 
Hudsone, prior of Melrose, in presence of the convent of 
Melrose being present, viz. Dene Johne Watsoun, supprior. 
Dene William Filp, guarden. Dene Thomas Meyn, Dene 
Bernard Boston, Dene Johne Hogart, Thomas Hallewell, 
Dene James Ramsay, James Arbothenot, Johne Watson, 
younger, George Weyr, and in presence of the parroschin 
of Melrose convenit for gud service the samyn day, viz, 
upoun Paische ewin, exponit the case how that he and the 



samin and thair vse And thairthrow than pertening to the saidis commendater 
and convent thai being than in possession thairof be making of prayaris and 
vsing of devyn seruice thairintill past memoir of man as the propir and 
principale kirk of the said abbay And for the wranguis violent and masterful! 
breking vp be thaim selfis thair servandis and complices of thair causing as said 
is of the durris of ane hous of the said place callit the platforme alias abbotishall 
and tua inner chalmeris within the samyne all the saidis housis being theikit 
with leid and breking vp of the durris of ane hous callit the west loftis entering 
thairin spolialioun avaytaking detening withhalding hewing doun and disponing 
of the stanis tymmer leid irne glas insycht of the saidis housis chalmeris and 
yard of the said abbay than pertening to the said commendater and convent as 
ane part of the patrimony of the said place as said is extending to greit 
quantiteis and prices as at mair lenth is contenit in the said summondis actis 
and lettres maid thairupoun of befor The said commendater convent and 
coadiutor comperand be master Alexander Syme thair procuratour And the 
said Walter Scott of Branxholme knycht comperand be master Thomas Westoune 
his procuratour Thb Lordis of counsale continowis the said mater in the samin 
forme force and effect as it is now but preiudice of party vnto the xviij day 
of Maij nixt tocum with continowatioun of dayis And ordanis the said 
commendater convent and coadiutor to half lettres to summond the witnes that 
was summondit of befor and comperit nocht to be summondit vnder gretar 
panis And may witnes gif thai pies for preving of the punctis of the said 
summondis aganis the said day nochtwithstanding the haill defences proponit 
be the said schir Walter and his prociiratouris in the contrair And als to half 
lettres chargeing the said schir Walter Scott of Branxholm knycht To compeir 
personalie befor the saidis lordis the day forsaid To gif his iyth de calumpiia 
vpoun the punctis of the said summondis with certificatioun to him and he 
falye thairin he salbe haldin pro confesso and ane decreit gevin aganis him 
according to the desire of the principale summondis raisit in the said mater 
And als ordanis the depositiounis of the witnes now takin in the said mater to 
be closit quhill the samin day And the parteis comperand as said is ar warnit 
\ieroi apud acta.' — Ads and Decreets of the Court of Session, vol. xlviii. fol. 423, 
24 April 1573. 

' The quhilk day master Thomas Westoune procuratour for Walter Scot of 
Branxholm knycht ansuerand to the summondis of allegit spuilze intentit and 
persewit at the instance of James commendater of the abay of Melros and 
conuent thairof and AUexander commendater of Culros coadiutor and adminis- 



160 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

said convent had direckit ane precept to warne Robert 
Boustoun, Matho Hanna, George Downatson and certane 
utheris occupyaris of certane our yairdis houses and 
service of knaifschip of our abbay myllnis, and that [the] 
said Matho violentUe raef the samyn precept furth of our 
handls within the gret kirk of Melrose at xj houris or 
thairby, quhilkis was clerUe prewit in presence of the 
auditour, and for the quhilk cause of violence be the 
auctorite of the kirk the said Matho was denuncit cursit 
and thairefter quhare Walter Chesholm of that Ilk aUe- 



trator to him for his entres aganis the said schir Walter anent the allegt 
spoliatioun of certane leid tymmer and stanis as the summondis raisit thairvpoun 
beiris AUegeit that the quantitie of the leid and tymmer and stanis intrometit 
with in the said schir Walteris tyme be quhatsumeuir persone or personis nor 
grantand the pryces libellit is iij™ stanis leid quhill was sauld to the personis 
efter following towit to Johnne Michelhill James Scott Johnne Minto burges 
of Selkirk George Wilson in Newsteid Deame Issobell Ker lady Cesfurd Johnne 
Wemis burges of Edinburgh and vtheris within the boundis of Teveotdaill for 
vj s. viij d. the stane with cartane peces of tymmer extending to the valor of 
Ivij 1. xiij s. iiij d. and iij'^ pece of stane to be dure and windo at xviij d. the 
pece as the abottis seruandis successiue and chalmerlanis sauld the samin in 
tymes bygane denyand aluterlie ony farther intromissioun of ony thing contenit 
in the saidis pretendit libellit summondis And the said Walter intrometand 
thairwith commit na spuilze in safar as the said Walter being bailye of heritage 
of the said abacy seing at the tyme libellit the army of Ingland enterit within 
the boundis of Teveotdaill birnand and distroyand and demolisand the said 
Walteris haill rowmeis and heritage and being determinatlie purposit to pas to 
the said abay and to tak doun the leid foirsaid and to birne and distroy the haill 
lordschip for preseruation thairof cartane the said Walteris seruandis being 
thairfoir for the tyme tuk doun the samin and for fear of away taking be the 
said army sauld the samin in maner foirsaid Quhilk the said Walter is content 
to restore agane to the said abay for repairing thairof or the pryces abon writtin 
And in respect thairof the persewar persewand at his awin instance can nocht 
be hard to desyre the samin to be restorit to hym to be apropriat to his awin 
vse as is libellit it being commoun to the conuent alsweill and haill parrochin- 
naris as to the abbot the samin being of thais thingis that are infra ceptra [sic] 
monasterij vnder protestatioun for absoluitour of the rest incais na forther 
intromissioun be previn Quhilk allegeance being sene and considerit be the 
lordis of counsale with the ansuer maid thairto be master Allexander Sym 
procurator for the said commendater and convent and his coadiutor foirsaid 
And the saidis lordis thairwith being replie aduisit The saidis lordis be sentence 
interloquitor repellis the said allegeance And nochtwithstanding the samin 
ordanis the said master Thomas procurator foirsaid to ansuer (order in the said 
mater vpoun the gevin of the quhilk interloquitor master Allexander Sym 
procurator for the said commendater and convent and coadiutor foirsaid askit 
instruments.' — Id. fol. 429 verso. i8th May 1573, 



ABSOLUTION ON A GRAVE 161 

geand him baillie deput tuyk defense with the said Matho 
and requyrit the said precept fra him, quhilk he grantit 
befor the said auditour, and efter the denunciatioun of 
cursing imput to the said Matho for the said violence he 
remanit in the kirk with fortificatioun of the said Walter 
Chesholm, alleget bailie deput, and thairthrocht be lang 
tym stopit God service and the parroschin to be servit of 
thair dewite and ministratioun of the sacrament ; and als 
the said Walter Chesholm said gyf ony man or officer 
execute ony siclyk precept at the said prior and brether 
command he suld stuw his luggis ; and quhair the said 
Walter Chesholm grantit the ressate of the said precept 
fra the said Matho, and being requyrit be us Dene Ralphe 
in our name and the said convent for delyverance of the 
samyn he wald nocht deljrver it, upon the quhilkis we Dene 
Ralphe forsaid protestit for injuris within our said kirk and 
place, and remedy of law. Super quibus dictus D. Johannes 
Watsoun supprior peciit instrumentum a me Domino Radul- 
pho notario ordinis. Acta erant hec infra ecclesiam princi- 
palem Melrosensem die anno ut supra, coram Mis testibus, 
Thoma Hunter, Andrea Hog, Johanne Ramsay, Roberto 
Wallace ad portam, Thoma Boustoun, cum diversis aliis. 
Radulphus manu sua signal.'' (f. 4.) 

' Conventus Melrosensis. — Primo Novembris 1558 per- 
sonlie comperand befor Dene Jhone Watsoun, supprior of 
Melrose, and certane of the eldering brether of the said 
abbay, viz. William Filp, Jhon Hogart, Dene Ralf 
Hudsone, Bernard Bouston, David Hoppringill, Johne 
Fourhouse, Johne Leirmount, sone and air to umquhyle 
George Lermont of that Ilk, and Elizabeth Nesbethe, 
moder to the said George, allegeand hir present at the 
said George latter will now latlie decesit, quhair that he 
maist effectuuslie requeistit hir to cum to the convent of 
Melrose and to solist for ane absolutioun to him for the 
wrangous occupying of the said conventis commoun 
pastur upoun the west part of Leder, and assistence done 
be him [to the Laird of Coldenknowis deleted^ in the 
•wrangous occupying of the said pasture divers yeris bypast, 

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162 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and in case that the said George happynnit to deceise or the 
said absolutioun war obtenit that nochtwithstanding the 
power thairof suld be execute upoun his graiffe, as the said 
Elezabeth his moder wald ansuer to God. The quhilk 
petitioun the said convent for the wele of the saule of the 
said George admittand and grantand thairto, allwayia 
protestand that it be nocht prejudiciall nor hurt to the 
action of spulze and oppressioun committit be the said 
George, bot that the abbottis or commendatouris and 
convent may have actionis to persew the samyn acording 
to justice for recompensation upon the said Georges airis 
uther ways as law will. Super quibus dictus D. Johannes 
Watson, supprior, peciit a me Domino Radulpho Hudson, 
monacho Melrosense et notario ordinis, oh defectum alterius- 
notarii publici. Acta erant hec infra ecclesiam Melrosen- 
sem ante altare Divi Benedicti situatum in parte boreali 
ejusdem ecclesie horam circiter xj cmte merediem anno 
indictione et pontificatu etc. coram hits testibus. Domino 
Thoma Cristesone, rector e de Yettem et pro tempore camer[ar]io 
de Calco, Thoma Boustoun seniore in Galtensyd, Niniana 
Davidson, cum diversis aliis. Radulphu^ manu sua signal' 

(f. 4.) 

' Melros. — Vigesimo quinto Januarii anno Domini m°v<^ 
quingentesimo octavo, Dominus Johannes Watsoun, sup- 
prior de Melrose, Willelmus Filp, Johannes Hoggart, 
Thomas Meyn, Alexander Bellenden, David Hoppringill,. 
Johannes Forous, Bernardus Boustoun, Jacobus Ramsay, 
Jacobus Arbothenet, Georgeus Weir, ibidem presentes, 
the said supprior exponit the caise in presens of me notar 
of the ordour underwrittin, that quhair upoun the Sonday 
viz. xxij° Januarii last bypast at William Ormeston 
instance letters be decrete of lordis[?] wes execut sum- 
monand the iconimus of the said abbay of Melrose and 
convent thairof to compeir befor the Lordis the — 
of — in the yeir forsaid to heir and se letters of 
four formis to be gewin be decrete of the Lordis for an- 
suering of ane monkis portioun conform to ane evident 
hes obtenit of my Lord James, umquhyle Commendatar of 



MANSLAUGHTER BY A MONK 163 

the said abbay, and convent thairof, for all the dayis of 
the said William lyftyme, and siclyke tua summoundis rasit 
direckit be certane jugeis delegat summoning the said 
iconimus and convent to Edinburgh the iiij day of Februar 
nixt following to heir and see the evidentis of certane 
landis within the boundis of Hessintoun and Hessintoun 
[toun] grantit be the said umquhille Commendatour and 
convent to Robin Diksoun in the Mains and Jhone Cosar 
in Hassintoun toun ; and presentlie the said supprior and 
allegeand the saidis summoundis war be cuming newlie 
to- thair eiris, thairfor in name and behalff of the said 
iconimus and thame selffis presentlie be the tenour of this 
present instrument appelis fra all sentence judiciall or 
spirituale or temporale juges or ony maner of decretis 
or determinations to be gewin be tham ony maner of way 
ad sedem apostoUcam to be persewit be lauchfuU process, 
protestand all wayis that na thing be done heirefter that 
may stand prejudiciall to the said iconimus and convent 
and thair successouris ; with command to extend this 
instrument in uberiori forma. And ferther protestis for 
remede of law, because the said supprior [? prior] and 
convent ar nocht providit of ane ourman. Acta erant hec 
within the wax cellar situate upoun the northe part of the 
kirk of Melrose hora of' ante meridiem aut eo circa, presenti- 
bus ibidem, Magistro Hewgone Dowglas, rectore de Sowdoun, 
et chamerario dicti monasterii de Melrose, Matheo Hanna, 
Johanne Bate et Willelmo Wallace, cum diversis aliis. 

Radulphus.' (f. 5.) 

' Decimo Februarii anno Domini 1558 in mei Radulphi 

et testium viz. Alexandri Bellenden et Johannis 

Fourhouse monachorum de Melrose presentia 

' Personaliter constitutus Patrik Yester ane prost ^ 

monk of Balmerinacht exponit and schew the caise how 

be chance he had commiittit slauchter of — Bane 

within the said abbay, and for releif of his conscience and 

obtening of ane absolutioun he was presentlie to depart to 

Cisteax and to Rome gyff neid war, and thairfor dowting 

' Professed. 



164 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of his returning in Scotland bot at the plesour of (iod ; 
and quhair that Dene Jhone Yester his bruther germane, 
profest mounk of the said abbay of Balmerinacht, was 
aceusit be the convent thairof that he suld be airt and 
pairt or counsall gyffer to the said Patrik to commit the 
said slachter, the said Patrik takand upoun him befor the 
hie Juge now at his departing furth of the realm et tactis 
sacris ewangeliis that the said Dene Jhone gyf newer reid 
persuasioun nor counsall thairto nor had ony airt or pairt 
way or witteing thairof be word or deid sing or takin 
thairto. Super quibus omnibus et singulis dictus Johannes 
Yester ibidem presens peciit a me ordinis notario publicum 
instrumentum. Acta erant hec apud Melrose prope altare 
Divi Benedicti infra ecclesiam collegiatam Melrosenstm anno 
die indictione ut supra, and ferther to be extendit in uberiori 
f(yrma. Radulphus manu sua signat.' (f. 5.) 

[There are here several blank folios in the manuscript.] 

' Forsamekill quhair my Lord Commendatour of the 
abbayis of Kelso and Melrose and the convent of the said 
abbay of Melrose hes ordanit to be consingnit in my Maister 
Jhone Ballentyne of Auchnoule handis the sowme of tua 
thowsand viij hundreth thretty thre lib. vj s. viij d. usuale 
money for redemyng of the landis of Wolhowsbyr, Langlie, 
the fermes of Newgrange and Elesoun, and of teyndis 
Langshaw, and als samekill money as may by gudis necessar 
for plennesing of the saidis landis of Langlie and Wolhousbyr 
of the compositioun silver of Kylismur, as at mair lenth is 
contenit in my saidis Lordis Commendatouris letters ; 
thairfor howsone the saidis sowmis of money be deliverit to 
me or to Duncane Foster, my sarvand, in my name, I obliss 
me be the tennour heirof to do all diligence that be ordour 
of justice the saidis landis fermis and teyndis salbe lauch- 
fuUie redemit, and siclike sail cause necessar gudis for 
plenesing of the said stedingis of WolhousbjT and Langlie 
efter thar redemptioun be coft and put thairupone, and 
that the saidis sowmes of money sail nocht be spendit in 
na uther use bot onelie apone the redemyng of the saidis 
landis fermis teyndis and plennesing of the landis forsaid. 



THE JUSTICE CLERK 165 

and siclike sail cause all uther thingis to be fulfillit and 
keipit as I have writtin and promest to the said convent of 
Melrose be this my writting, subscrivit with my hand 
at Edinburgh the nynte day of December in the yere of 
jmycivj yeiris. (Signed) Ballenden.' (f. 9.) 

' Maisters, Efter maist hertlie commendatioun of sarvice, 
Pleise yow to wit that I haif at lenth commonit with Den 
Rau[lph] and Den Jhone anent the efferis concernyng my 
Lord and yow, and namelie, anent the fulfilling of the 
pay[ment] that my Lord hes omittit, quhairintill I sail do 
na less nor your speciall friend and sarvand aucht to do for 
to cause yow to be maid sure of all thingis that owthair 
belangis to your selfis or to the will of your place ; and in 
speciall I sail cause deliver the v*' merkis to the reparatioun 
of the place as is contenit in the obligatioun, together with 
the Ix libs, to the convent, and I sail cause the precept to be 
gifin be my Lord to his chalmerlanis for ansuering of the 
iij<= merkis conforme to your assignatioun, and sail procur 
betuix this and Candilmes nixttocum the ordanaris letters 
for the malis of Lessidden, Cryngillis and Freirschaw, and 
the iijc merkis of Hassenden, apone the quhilkis ordinaris 
letteris sail procur letters under four formes and the 
Quenis confirmatioun upone your assignatioun ; and is 
[I as] for the apperaling of your office houssis the expensis 
thairof to be tane of the radiest of the v'' merkis now 
presentlie, quhilk salbe allowit be my [sic] and presentlie 
salbe deliverit to you xx merkis togidder with ane pot and 
ane pan for neidfuU thingis to your kechen and hall. And 
trewlie, maisters, thair is na thing I may do bot I salbe 
willing to bring it to ane gud pass baith be pischence and 
consall, as knawis God, quha mot presarve yow. Of 
Edinburgh the fyft day of December, Your sarvitour at 
his power, the Justice Clerk. — Upone the bak : — To his 
maisters the Supprior and convent of Melrose.' (f. 9..) 

' We James, be the permissioun of God, Commendatar of 
the Abbayis of Kelso and Melrose, and convent of the said 
abbay of Melrose cheptourlie gadderit, all with ane awise 



166 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

consent and assent, understanding that we for the utiliti 
and proffet of our said abbay [and] augmentatioun of oure 
rentale thairof have set and in fewferme lattin to oure 
tennentis [of] oure landis and lordschip of Kylismure al 
and sindrie the samyn landis and lordschip pertenyng to 
thame particularlie in rentall of befoir, as the infeftmentis 
respective maid and gevin to thame thairupone mair 
fullelie proportis, and because diverse the tennentis of 
oure saidis landis and lordschip hes obtenit sindre infeft- 
mentis of diverse pairtis of the samyn quhilkis ar nocht 
hable to pay at the entre of thair air thairto ane sesing 
ox to us or our baillies for gevin of sesing to thame of the 
samyn, we cheptourlie gaddarit as said is, willing that oure 
saidis tennentis be nocht extremelie hurt throch taking 
of the saidis sesing oxin, promittis bindis and oblissis us 
faithfuUie that quhenever ony of oure saidis tennentis 
deceissis and thair airis obtenis preceptis of us or [our] 
sucessouris for gevin of sesing to thame of the landis per- 
tening to thair predecessouris [in] fewferme, that we oure 
successouris nor baillies sail tak fra thame ony maner of 
sesing oxin for the gevin of the sesing, bot alanerlie the 
sowme undirwrittin to be payit be thame thairfoir in maner 
following, that is to say, fra every tennent havand ane 
markisworth of oure saidis landis or mair nor ane markis 
worth thairof in few the sowme of tuenty schillingis for 
the said sesing ox, and fra everilkane of thame havand less 
nor ane markis worth thairof ane yeris male contenit in 
thair infeftment to be payit for the said ox, and thai nor 
thair aris sail be na maner of way in tyme cuming be 
balding to pay to us or oure successouris ony for ther ox 
or dewtie thairfor nor the sowmes particulare abone 
exprimit. And heirto we promit bind and obliss us our 
baillies and successouris to our saidis tennentis and thair 
aris in maner abone certifiit. In witness of the quhilk 
thing to thir presentis subscrivit with oure handis the 
commoun sele of the cheptour of oure said abbay is hungin, 

the samyn abbay the day of the yeir of [Gk)d] 

jmyclvj yeiris.' (f. 10,) 



EDICT ANENT PREACHING 167 

* Ob predicationem publicandum infra diocesin Glas- 
guensem. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina Glasguensis Archiepiscopus, 
decano nostro christianitatis de Tevedalia, necnon uni- 
versis et singulis aliis presbyteris curatis et noncuratis 
Glasguensis diocesis, salutem cum benedictione divina. 
Quia alias per statuta nostra synodalia infra nostram 
ecclesiam metropolitanam Glasguensem jam ultime edita 
secundum declarationem consilii provincialis prelatorum 
hujus regni decretum exstitit ut frequentioribus Dei verbis 
et predicationibus instruatur populus ecclesiarum rectores 
et si abbates priores commendatarii administratores pro- 
positi portionarii ecclesiarum et quicunque presunt ecclesiis 
quibuscunque monasteriis mensis episcopalibus capitulis et 
coUegiatis unitis et annexis curam animarum habentes 
existant qui judicio dicti domini Reverendissimi ad pre- 
dicandum fidei rudimenta suis parochianis habiles et 
idonei censebuntur predicent. Eis autem qui juvenes 
sunt et inidonei ad predicationis munus debite exequendum 
per nos injungitur ut sese ad hoc quamprimum reddant per 
studia in gymnasiis publicis habiles, et interim per alios 
predicatores suis sumptibus per nos examinandos et 
admittendos predicare et suas vices supplere faciant in 
omnibus donee de alio oportuno juris remedio provisum 
fuerit. Et ad illud munus ut dictum est obeundum 
singuli tales rectores predicatores conducant et cum ipsis 
conveniant et nobis representent ante diem primum 
mensis Augusti proxime ; grandevi autem et qui annum 
quinquagesimum excesserint, nee a nobis ad verbi Dei 
predicationem idonei reperiuntur hoc ipsum similiter per 
alios fieri procurent, quibus etiam assistant ut eorum pro- 
pria presentia predicantibus ipsis majorem honorem tribu- 
ant, sub pena amissionis quarte partis fructuum suorum 
beneficiorum per nos levandorum et percipiendorum et in 
pios usus applicandorum pro prima vice. Et nee ipsi 
suprascripti rectores et alii ecclesiastici nostri diocesani 
hujusmodi nostra statuta ignorare seu ad eorum noticias 
minime devenere sese excusavarint, quocirca vobis et 
vestrum cuilibet in virtute sante obedientie, et sub pena 



168 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

suspensionis a divinis, districte precipimus et mandamus 
quatenus moneatis seu alter vestrum desuper requisitus 
moneat legitime primo secundo tertio unico tamen con- 
textu pro triplici edicto et peremptorie omnes et singulo^ 
rectores abbates priores commendatarios administratores 
prepositos et alios quoscunque qui quibuscunque ecclesiis 
monasteriis m^ensis episcopalibus capitulis et collegiatia 
unitis preesse censentur infra nostram diocesim Glasguen^ 
sem et vestrum decanatum in generale necnon et in speciale, 
quos nos etiam tenore presentium monemus, ut infra hine 
et diem primum mensis Augusti jam proxime premissa 
omnia et singula perimpleant cum effectu sub pena 
amissionis quarte partis fructuorum [sic] suorum bene- 
ficiorum ut predicitur ; quoquidem primo die mensis 
Augusti proxime lapso et premissa perimplere minima 
curaverint et monitionibus hujusmodi nostris non paruerint 
ac etiam dictis concionatoribus minime conductis ac 
nobis minime presentatis, nos quartam partem fructuum 
omnium suorum beneficiorum levabimus et percipiemus 
illius ecclesie cui de predicatione minime provisum fuerit, 
quos partim ad sustentationem predicatorum applicabimus. 
et partim in alios pios usus distribuemus et disponemus 
juxta tenorem concilii provincialis supradicti ; et pre- 
sentes debite executas et idem latori reddatis. Datum 
sub nostro sigillo rotundo et subscriptione nostri scribe 
subscripti apud civitatem Glasguensem die xix" mensis 
Aprilis anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo quinqua- 
gesimo nono, et nostre consecrationis viij°,' (f. 28.) 

(Translation) 
Edict anent preaching within the diocese of Glasgow. 

James, by the mercy of God Archbishop of Glasgow, 
to our rural dean of Teviotdale, and to all and sundry 
other priests with and without cure in the diocese of 
Glasgow, greeting with the divine blessing. Whereas by 
our synodal statutes lately issued within our cathedral 
church of Glasgow, in accordance with the resolution of 
the provincial council of the prelates of this realm, it hath 



EDICT ANENT PREACHING 169^ 

been decreed, in order that the people might be instructed 
by means of more frequent preaching of God's Word,, 
that the rectors of the churches, whether they be abbots, 
priors, commendators, administrators, provosts, portioners 
of kirks, and those in charge of kirks united and annexed 
to monasteries, bishops' tables, chapters and collegiate 
foundations, having the cure of souls, who in the opinion 
of the said most reverend Lord shall be considered 
able and fit to expound the rudiments of the faith to 
their parishioners, shall preach : It is therefore enjoined 
by us to those who are young, and unfit to duly discharge 
the function of preaching, that they render themselves 
able, as soon as may be, for this service by studies in 
the public schools, and meanwhile that they maintain at 
their own expense other preachers, to be by us examined 
and admitted, to preach and supply their places in all 
respects until some other convenient remedy has by law 
been provided. And in order that that service may be 
carried into effect, all such rectors shall engage preachers 
and come to. terms with them and present them to us 
before the first day of August ensuing ; but the aged men 
and such as exceed their fiftieth year, unless they shall be 
by us found fit for preaching the Word of God, shall obtain 
this service to be done for them by others, whom they shall 
assist so that by their personal presence they may confer 
greater honour upon their preaching, under pain of forfeit- 
ing the fourth part of the fruits of their benefices, to be 
uplifted by us and applied to pious uses, for the first offence. 
And lest the abovewritten rectors and others our diocesan 
clergy should plead ignorance or absence of notification, 
therefore we strictly ordain and command you and each 
of you, in token of holy obedience and under pain of 
suspension from divine ordinances, that ye or either of 
you thereto required lawfully warn by three intimations, 
all of the same tenor, and peremptorily charge all and 
sundry rectors, abbots, priors, commendators, adminis-- 
trators, provosts and others whomsoever who may be 
considered to have charge of kirks united to monasteries, 
bishops' tables, chapters and collegiate foundations within 



170 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

our diocese of Glasgow in general, and your deanery in 
particular, whom we also by the tenor of these presents 
warn, that between this and the first day of August now 
approaching they effectively fulfil all and sundry the 
premises, under pain of forfeiting the fourth part of the 
fruits of their benefices as aforesaid ; which first day of 
August having passed, and they having taken no care to 
perform the premises and given no obedience to our warn- 
ings, and neither engaged the said preachers nor presented 
them to us, we shall uplift and intromit with the fourth 
part of the fruits of all their rents from that church for 
which they have provided no preaching, which we shall ' 
apply partly for maintenance of preachers and partly 
shall distribute and dispone for other pious uses conform 
to the mind of the foresaid provincial council ; and these 
presents ye shall return to the bearer duly executed. 
Given under our round seal and subscribed by our secretary 
at the city of Glasgow on the nineteenth day of April in the 
year of the Lord one thousand five hundred and fifty nine, 
and eighth year of our consecration. 

' Quod vicarii et rectores rationem ineant cum suis 
parochianis ante tempus quadrigesimale. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina Glasguensis Archiepiscopus 
decano nostre christianitatis de Tevidalia necnon universis 
et singulis aliis presbyteris curatis et non curatis infra 
hanc provinciam Glasguensem ubilibet constitutis et super 
presentium executione debite requisitis, salutem cum 
benedictione divina. Quia nostris statutis synodalibus 
jam ultime edictis juxta eciam declarationem concilii pro- 
vincialis prelatorum hujus regni decrevimus ut omnes et 
singuli vicarii ecclesiarum nostre diocesis prout singulis 
€orum incumbit cum suis parochianis paulo ante Quad- 
ragesimam in mense Februario pro debitis hujusmodi 
minutis sive personalibus mixtis aliisque oblationibus 
•ecclesiis debitis rationem ineant, et ad hunc effectum 
litteras nostras monitoriales super ipsis parochianis in 
forma debita levent et impetrent et execution! demandari 
curent ut circa Paschale solempnium populus christianitatis 



SETTLING ACCOUNTS BEFORE LENT 171 

liberius orationi vacet idemque sacramentum audientiori 
pietatis affectu divino favore percipiet nee quicquam a 
ministris sacramentorum ante ejusdem administrationem 
exigatur pro ejusdem administratione sed tantum ab eis 
recipiatur qui post hujusmodi administrationem conferre 
voluerint, et nee ipsi vicarii infra nostram dioeesim 
Glasguensem consistentes nostra statuta hujusmodi igno- 
rare seu ad eorum noticias minime devenire sese excusa- 
verint, vobis igitur et vestrum cuilibet in virtute sancte 
obedientie et sub pena suspensionis a divinis stricte pre- 
cipimus et mandamus quatenus moneatis seu alter vestrum 
■desuper requisitus moneat legitime primo secundo tertio 
unieo tamen contextu pro triplici edicto et peremptorie 
omnes et singulos vicarios tam pensionaries portionarios 
quam perpetuos nostre Glasguensis diocesis infra vestram 
dicanatum vicarias seu beneficia obtinentes quos nos 
€ciam tenore presentium monemus quatenus ab hinc et in 
futurum hanc nostram constitutionem perimpleant et 
■conservent sub penis in hujusmodi nostris statutis con- 
tentis in ipsos vicarios necligentes et contravenientes irre- 
missabiliter per nos infiigendis ; et presentes debite 
executas earumdem latori reddatis. Datum sub nostro 
sigillo rotundo et subscriptione manuali nostri scribe, 
apud civitatem Glasguensem die xixo mensis Aprilis anno 
Domini etc. quinquagesimo nono et nostre consecrationis 
anno octavo.' (f. 28.) 

{Translation) 

That vicars and rectors shall settle accounts with their 
parishioners before Lent. 

James, by the mercy of God, Archbishop of Glasgow, 
to our rural dean of Teviotdale, and all and sundry other 
priests with and without cure wheresoever situated within 
this province of Glasgow and duly charged to fulfil the 
premises, greeting with the divine blessing. Whereas by 
our synodal statutes recently promulgated, in terms of the 
enactment of the provincial council of the prelates of this 
realm, we have decreed that all and sundry vicars of the 
churches of our diocese, so far as to each pertains, shall 



172 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

reckon with their parishioners a little before Lent, in the 
month of February, for small and personal dues and other 
mixed offerings owing to the churches, and for this effect 
shall in due form obtain and issue our monitory letters 
against their parishioners and see them duly executed, so 
that during the solemnity of Easter the people of the 
deanery may have freer opportunity for prayer and may 
receive the sacrament by the divine blessing with a more 
ardent spirit of devotion, and that nothing be exacted by 
the ministers of the sacraments prior to the celebration 
thereof for their administration, but that may only be 
accepted by them after the celebration which the people 
are willing to give ; and lest the said vicars residing within 
our diocese of Glasgow make excuse to ignore these our 
statutes or plead want of notification, therefore we strictly 
command and ordain you and each of you, in token of 
holy obedience and under pain of suspension from divine 
ordinances, that ye or whichever of you is thereto required 
forthwith lawfully warn by three proclamations of uniform 
tenor and peremptorily charge all and sundry vicars, 
both pensioners, portioners and perpetual vicars of our 
diocese of Glasgow obtaining vicarages or benefices within 
your deanery, whom we also by the tenor of these presents 
warn, that henceforth and in time coming they fulfil 
and observe this our ordinance, under the pains contained 
in our said statutes to be inflicted by us without remis- 
sion upon those vicars neglecting and contravening ; and 
that ye return these presents duly executed to the bearer 
of them. Given under our round seal and the subscription 
of our secretary, at Glasgow, 19th April 1559, and eighth 
year of our consecration. 

' Ut religiosi mittantur ad literarum studia. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc. ' Quia alias per 
statuta concilii provincialis,' etc., ' ut ex monasteriis 
uniuscunque hujus regni diocesis juxta ipsorum mon- 
asteriorum facultates transmittantur duo aut unus religiosi 
vel religiosus ad literarum capacitatem habiles et ingeniosi, 
moribus et vita maxime spectati, ad universitates eis 



STUDY OF LETTERS 173 

proximas vel alias ut eorundem superioribus libuerit 
gratia studii ; ibidem saltern ad quadriennium in theologia 
in ipsis coUegiis ordini et norme coUegiali subditi remansuri, 
quo spacio completo remittantur similiter alii religiosi ex 
ieisdem locis pari modo literis vacaturi, et religiosos sic 
mittendos singuli abbates priores et commendatarii 
exhibeant et presentent ipsis ordinariis locorum infra 
hinc et primum diem mensis August! proxime : Quocirca 
vobis et vestrum cuilibet ' (etc. to peremptorie) ' reverendos 
patres ac dominos commendatarios Melrossen. et Jedburgh 
infra vestrum diacanatum consistentes quos nos etiam 
tenore presentium expresse monem^us ut infra hinc et 
primum diem mensis Augusti proxime duos viros religiosos 
ex monasterio Melrosensi et unum virum religiosum de 
monasterio de Jedburgh ad literarum capacitatem habiles 
et ingeniosos moribus et vita maxime spectatos gratia 
studii ad universitates eis proximas mittant secundum 
formam et traditionem statutorum hujusmodi concilii 
provincialis sub penis in hujusmodi statutis irremiss- 
abiliter levandis ; et presentes debite executas earundem 
reddatis latori. Datum ' (etc. as the last). (f. 29.) 

(Translation) 

That monks be put to the study of letters.^ 
James, by the mercy of God, etc. — Whereas by the 
statutes of the provincial Council, etc. it has been decreed 



' As an example of a dispensation to a monk of Melrose to study, we quote 
the following : — 

Induit to Andrew Badly, monk of Melrose, to study canon law for seven 
years: 5th February 1379-80. 

XLI. Reg. Aven., 224, fol. 393. 
De ca [mera] H. de Haren. 
j1. Dilecto filio Andree Badly monacho monasterii de Melross Cisterciensis 
ordinis Glasguensis diocesis, salutem, etc. Religionis zelus vite ac morum 
honestas aliaque probitatis et virtutum merita super quibus apud nos fidedigno 
commendaris testimonio nos inducunt ut personam tuam favore apostolico 
prosequamur. Cum itaque sicut exhibita nobis nuper pro parte tua peticio 
continebat tu scientiarum allectus amore juris canonici studio ut equum ab 
iniquo et licitum ab illicito discemere valeas cupias immorari nos hujusmodi 
tuum in hac parte propositum in Domino commendantes ac volentes illam tibi 



174 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

that from the monasteries of each diocese of this reahn 
according to their capacity there shall be sent two monks 
or one, able and apt for instruction in letters, fully upright 
in life and manners, to the universities nearest to them or 
to others as seems good to their superiors, for the purpose of 
study, there to remain for four years taking a course in 
theology, subject to the order and law of the college ; at 
the completion of which time other monks shall be sent 
out of the same to take their places, similarly to be per- 
fected in letters ; and all abbots, priors and comnaendators 
shall exhibit and present the monks so sent up to their 
ordinaries between this and the first day of August ap- 



gratiam per quam id liberius exoequi valeas favorabiliter impartiri tuis supplica- 
cionibus inclinati ut studio insistere valeas antedicto usque ad septennium a data 
presencium computandum ac jura hujusmodi canonica audire licite valeas 
felicis recordacionis Benedict! Papa XII. predecessoris nostri et quibuscumque 
aliis constitucionibus apostolicis necnon statutis et consuetudinibus ac diffini- 
cionibus et ordinacionibus monasterii et ordinis predictorum contrariis jura- 
mento confirmatione apostolica vel quacumque flrmitate alia roboratis 
nequaquam obstantibus auctoritate apostolica tenore presentium indulgemus. 
NuUi ergo, etc. nostre concessionis et voluntatis infringere, etc. Datum 
Avinione nonas Februarii anno secundo. 

[Vatican Transcripts, in General Register House, Edinburgh, vol. i. fol. l8l.] 

( Translation) 

To our beloved son Andrew Badly, monk of the monastery of Melrose of the 
Cistercian order, in the diocese of Glasgow, greeting, etc. The zeal for religion, 
integrity of life and manners, and other qualities of probity and virtue for which 
you have been commended to us upon trustworthy evidence, induce us to 
honour your person with the apostolic favour. Therefore when a petition 
lately exhibited to us on your behalf bears that you, actuated by a love for 
learning, desire to devote some time to the study of canon law, to the effect that 
you may be able to discern right from wrong, and that which is lawful from 
that which is unlawful, we commending this your purpose in the Lord, and 
wishing to offer you such opportunity as will enable you freely to fulfil your 
desire, do by the tenor of these presents by apostolic authority grant indulgence 
that you may pursue the foresaid study for seven years, reckoning from the date 
of these presents, and may lawfully learn of those canon laws of our predecessor 
Pope Benedict the Twelfth of happy memory, and whatsoever other apostolic 
constitutions, with the statutes, customs, rules, and ordinances of the foresaid 
monastery and monastic order, notwithstanding any oath, apostolic confirma- 
tion, or other bond binding you to the contrary. Let no one therefore, etc., to 
infringe our will and grant, etc. Given at Avignon, 5th February, second year 
(of our Pontificate). 

Fo^ a further example see also Vatican Transcripts, vol. ii. fol. 323. 



BISHOPS TO VISIT DIOCESES 175 

preaching : Wherefore we ordain you and each of you, etc, 
to charge the reverend fathers and lords commendators of 
Melrose and Jedburgh being in your deanery, whom we 
also by the tenor of these presents expressly warn, that 
between this and the first day of August next they send 
two religious men from the monastery of Melrose and one 
religious man from the monastery of Jedburgh, able and 
apt for instruction in letters and notably exemplary in life 
and manners, to be taught at the universities nearest to 
them, conform to the form and import of the statutes of 
the said provincial Council, under the penalties contained 
in the said statutes, to be inexorably exacted ; and that 
ye return these presents duly executed to the bearer thereof. 
Given, etc. (as in previous writ). 

' Ut episcopi visitent suas dioceses per se aut fidedignos 
commissarios. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina Glasguensis Archiepiscopus 
decano nostro,' etc., ' statutum fuit quod ordinarii per 
seipsos aut eorum fidedignos commissarios visitent singula 
monasteria etiam exemptorum infra suas dioceses secundum 
formam Concilii Tridentini et de singulis que corrigenda 
sunt inquirant et corrigant, ac curent ut sufficient 
numerus religiosorum in illis sustentetur secundum facul- 
tates et redditus loci, et ut honeste tractentur in victu et 
vestitu quin etiam aliis vite necessariis, et ut loca diruta 
et dilapsa reparentur, et ipsi ordinarii diligenter predictum 
statutum exequantur prout decet bonos pastores vitam 
mores devotionem et studia religiosorum reformare et ad 
primevum ejus religionis reducere statum que inibi ut 
devotio vigeat et populi murmur divitetur. Vobis igitur 
et vestrum cuilibet in virtute sancte obedientie et sub 
pena suspensionis a divinorum celebratione districte pre- 
cipiendo mandamus quatenus moneatis,' etc., ' peremptorie 
reverendum patrem Andream Commendatarium de Jed- 
burght et etiam venerabUem virum Magistrum Robertum 
Richartsoun iconomum loci et monasterii de Melrose 
nostre Glasguensis diocesis et infra vestrum diacanatum 
Tevidaha consistentes, quos nos etiam tenore presentium 



176 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

monemus ut infra hinc et proximum festum Santi Petri 
ad Vincula sufficientem numerum religiosorum in hujus 
modi locis secundum illorum facultates respective sus- 
tentent, ac etiam eosdem religiosos in victu et vestitu 
quin etiam aliis vite necessariis tractent, et eorum loca 
diruta et dilapsa reparent in singulis suis reparamentis 
congruentibus sub pena excommunicationis ; quoquidem 
festo Sancti Petri ad Vincula elapso et ipsi suprascripti 
monitionibus hujusmodi nostris non paruerint, eosdem 
omnibus dominicis festivis et aliis infra missaruna solemp- 
nia publice et solempniter exeommunicatos denunciatis, a 
dicta denunciatione non cessanda donee ad gremium sancte 
Matris ecclesie recurrere voluerint et beneficiimi absolu- 
tionis in forma ecclesie meruerint obtinere ; et pre- 
sentesdebite executas earundem reddite la tori. Datum,' 
etc., as before. (f, 29.) 

(Translation) 

That bishops visit their dioceses in person or by trust- 
worthy commissaries. 

James, by the mercy of God, Archbishop of Glasgow, to 
our dean, etc. Whereas it was appointed that ordinaries 
in person or their trustworthy commissaries shall visit 
every monastery even of exempts within their dioceses, in 
accordance with the decrees of the Council of Trent, and 
make inquiry concerning matters to be corrected, and 
rectify them, and have a care that a sufficient number of 
religious be maintained in those monasteries agreeable to 
the advantages and rents of the place, and be competently 
provided with food and clothing and other necessaries of 
life, and that ruined and dilapidated places be repaired, 
and that the ordinaries themselves shall diligently adhere 
to the foresaid ordinance as behoves good shepherds, for 
reforming the life, manners, piety, and learning of the 
monks and restoring the pristine purity of their religion, 
that piety may flourish and the clamour of the people be 
silenced : Therefore we strictly ordain and command you 
and each of you, in token of holy obedience and under 
pain of suspension from divine ordinances, that ye peremp- 



REGARDING SUSPECTED HERETICS 177 

torily, etc., warn and charge the reverend father Andrew, 
Commendator of Jedburgh, and hkewise a venerable man, 
Mr. Robert Richartsoun, iconomus of the place and 
monastery of Melrose, being within our diocese of Glasgow 
and your deanery of Teviotdale, whom we also by the tenor 
•of these presents warn, that between this and Lammas 
next they respectively maintain in these places, propor- 
tionate with their revenues, a sufficient number of religious, 
and provide them with food and clothing and other 
necessaries of life, and repair their ruined and dilapidated 
buildings in keeping with their requirements, under pain 
of excommunication ; which feast of Lammas if it pass 
and the foresaid persons have not given obedience to these 
our warnings, that upon all Lord's Days, feast days and 
others, during celebration of Mass, ye publicly and 
solemnly declare them excommunicated, from which 
denunciation they shall not be freed until they voluntarily 
return to the bosom of holy Mother Church and show 
themselves worthy to obtain the benefit of absolution 
according to the usage of the Church : and that these 
presents duly executed ye return to the bearer. Given, 
etc. (as before). 

' Quod nulla ecclesiastica persona teneat in servicio 
aliquas personas in heresi suspectas. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc., ' Quia alias per 
statuta nostre synodi infra nostram ecclesiam metro- 
politanam Glasguensem jam ultimo tente secundum 
declarationem concilii provincialis prelatorum hujus regni 
decretum extitit quod nuUus prelatus ant ecclesiasticus 
cujuscmique status gradus ordinis dignitatis aut pre- 
minentie nostre Glasguensis diocesis teneat aut alat 
aliquas personas de heresi suspectas in suis familia aut 
comitatu ac uUo quotidiano officio, ac etiam qui sacro- 
sanct© misse sacrificio et aliis divinis officiis interesse 
dedignantur dominicis saltem dominicis et majoribus 
festis, vel qui contempnunt ecclesie sacramenta, vel qui 
contra fidem catholicam et orthodoxorum patrum senten- 
oiam erroneas teneant opiniones, sed statim ubi hujusmodi 

VOL. III. . M 



178 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

reperti fuerint culpabiles ab eorum servitio consortio et 
familia removeantur sub pena centum librarum monete in 
prelates pro prima vice, secunda vice duplicetur, et in 
alios inferiores ecclesiasticos pena alia arbitraria per nos 
injungenda ; ac etiam ut ipsi ecclesiastici supradicti 
quotidie horas canonicas et alia divina officia recitent sub 
eadem pena contravenientibus injungenda. Et ne ipsi 
beneficiati et alii ecclesiastici nostre diocesis in premissis 
culpabiles hujusmodi nostra statuta et precepta sjoiodalia 
ignorasse seu ad earum noticiam minime devenisse sese 
excusaverint, vobis igitur et vestrum cuilibet in virtute 
sancte obedientie,' etc., ' peremptorie venerabiles . . . 
quos nos eciam tenore presentium expresse monemus 
quatenus infra sex dierum spatium monitiones vestras- 
tunc proxime et immediate sequentium quascunque 
personas de heresi suspectas de suis familia et comitatu et 
servicio amoverunt et amotas teneant ut predicitur, necnon 
quotidie horas canonicas et alia divina officia recitent sub 
penis suprascriptis in nostris statutis latius specificatis, 
certifiendo eosdem sic premonitos quod lapsis dictis sex 
dierum monitionibus et eisdem non paruerint cum effectu 
nos ad executionem nostrorum statutorum et repetitionemt 
penarum in eisdem contra non parentes juxta formam 
et continentiam eorundem statutorum desuper editorum 
justitia mediante procedere curabimus. Et presentes 
debite executas earumdem reddatis latori. Datum sub 
nostro sigillo rotundo et subscriptione nostri secretarii in 
premissis apud ' (etc. as before.) (f. 29.) 

{Trcmslation) 

That no churchman shall retain in his service any persons 
suspected of heresy. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas it has been 
decreed by the statutes of our sjTiod lately held within our 
cathedral kirk of Glasgow, in conformity with the finding 
of the Provincial Council of the prelates of this realm, that 
no prelate or churchman in our diocese of Glasgow of 
whatsoever state, degree, rank, dignity or precedence, 
shall employ or maintain any persons suspected of heresy 



THE MANNER OF BAPTISM 179 

in his household or retinue and in any daily service, who 
either disdain to take part in the most holy sacrifice of the 
Mass and other divine offices on Lord's Days, at least on 
holy days and the greater feasts, or contemn the sacra- 
ments of the Church, or entertain erroneous opinions against 
the Catholic faith and the doctrine of the orthodox Fathers, 
but shall, where such heretical persons are discovered, 
immediately remove them from his service, retinue and 
household, under a penalty of one hundred pounds to be 
exacted of prelates for the first offence, and double for the 
second offence, and such arbitrary penalties as shall be 
enjoined by us in the case of the lesser clergy. And also 
that the foresaid churchmen daily recite the canonical 
hours and other divine offices, under the like penalties : 
And lest the said beneficed and other clergy of our diocese 
contravening the premises plead excuse to have over- 
looked or not to have had intimation of these our statutes 
and synodal precepts, therefore we expressly charge you 
and each of you, in token of holy obedience, etc., that ye 
peremptorily warn venerable men . . . [sic] whom we 
likewise by the tenor of these presents warn that within six 
days after receiving your intimations they remove and 
keep away as aforesaid from their household, retinue and 
service such persons as are suspected of heresy, and like- 
wise that they shall recite daily the canonical hours and 
other divine offices, under the pains above written, more 
fully specified in our statutes, certifying those thus warned 
that if they have not given obedience within the said six 
days we will be careful by way of justice to proceed to the 
effectual execution of our statutes and imposition of the 
penalties contained therein against disobeyers, conform 
to the tenor and contents of the said statutes promulgated 
thereaneht ; and that ye return these presents duly 
executed to the bearer. Given, etc. (as before). 

' De modo baptizandi secundum ecclesie consuetu- 

dinem. 
' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc. ' Quia juxta tra- 
ditionem et declarationem concilii provincialis prelatorum 



180 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

hujus regni jam ultimo edicti apud opidum Edinburgi 
penes novum inusitatum modunti baptizandi infantes, ut 
omnis ambiguitas tollatur et infantium saluti totius et 
melius consoletur [sic], decretum ut omnes infantes 
exstitit a sacerdotibus baptizentur secundum formam a 
Christo institutam et ab ecclesia receptam : Quocirca vobis 
et vestrum cuilibet et cetera ' [sic]. (f. 30.) 

(Translation) 

Of the manner of baptism conform to the usage of the 
Church. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas conform to 
the finding and declaration of the Provincial Council of 
the prelates of this realm recently issued at Edinburgh 
relative to the new unaccustomed method of baptizing 
infants, it was decreed, for removing all ambiguity and 
more fully and better assuring the salvation of infants, 
that all infants shall be baptized by the priests conform 
to the method instituted by Christ and accepted by the 
Church : Wherefore we ordain and commend you and 
each of you, etc. 

' Contra vicarios pensionaries et cetera. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc., ' Quia alias per 
nostra statuta synodalia jam ultime edita monuimus 
omnes et singulos vicarios pensionarios nostre diocesis 
Glasguensis quatenus deinceps et in futurum in administra- 
tione quotidiana divinorum sacramentorum ecclesiasti- 
corum suis parochianis personaliter et in propria persona 
apud suas ecclesias resideant et substitutos ab eisdem 
amoveant per seipsos in curis suis deserviendo sub pena 
deprivationis a suis beneficiis et pensionibus ; et ne ipsi 
vicarii pensionarii nostri diocesani nostra statuta ignorare 
seu ad eorum noticias minime devenire sese excusaverint, 
quocirca vobis et vestrum cuilibet, et cetera ' [sic], (f. 30.) 

(Translation) 
Against vicars pensioners, etc. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas by our 
synodal statutes lately published we have warned all and 



PLURALITY OF BENEFICES 181 

sundry vicars pensioners of our diocese of Glasgow that 
henceforth and in time coming they shall themselves in 
proper person reside at their churches for daily adminis- 
tration of the divine sacraments of the Church to their 
parishioners, and shall remove the substitutes whom they 
have employed for this service, under pain of forfeiting 
their benefices and pensions ; and lest our said diocesan 
vicars pensioners plead ignorance of our commands, we 
therefore ordain and command you and each of you, etc. 

' Contra habentes plura beneficia. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc., ' Quia in ultimo 
concilio provinciali prelatorum hujus regni tento apud 
opidum Edinburgi statutum erat quod singuli ecclesiastici 
plura beneficia ecclesiastica obtinentes per locorum ordia- 
arios vocentur ad exhibendum et producendum coram eis 
suas dispensationes et provisiones si quas habent, juxta 
tenorem capituli ordinarii De officio judicis ordinarii, et 
quod singuli beneficia ecclesiastica obtinentes simili modo 
vocentur, et qui minime sacris ordinibus initiati fuerint ad 
susceptionem ordinum suis beneficiis requisitionum [sic I. 
requisitorum] aut eisdem beneficiis suis renunciant censura 
ecclesiastica et sub penis in capite licet canon De elec- 
tione, libro vj" contentis compellantur. Quocirca vobis et 
vestrum cuilibet et cetera.' (f. 30.) 

(Translation) 
Against the holders of a plurality of benefices. 
James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas in the last 
Provincial Council of the prelates of this realm held at 
Edinburgh it was appointed that all churchmen obtaining 
a plurality of ecclesiastical benefices shall be summoned 
by their local ordinaries to exhibit and produce to them 
their dispensations and gifts if they have any, conform to 
the tenor of the Chapter Ordinarii, ' Concerning the 
office of the Judge ordinary,' and that all who obtain [any] 
ecclesiastical benefices shall be summoned in like manner, 
and those who have not taken holy orders must take the 
orders requisite for their benefices or renounce the said 
benefices, and shall be compelled hereto by church censure 



182 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and under the penalties contained in the Chapter Licet 
Canon ' Concerning Election,' in the Sixth Book : There- 
fore we ordain and command you and each of you, etc. 

' Ut parochiani intersint sacris misse solempniis diebus 
dominicis et festivis. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc. ' Quia hisce tem- 
poribus contemptum maximum divinorum misteriorum 
inter hujus regni subditos ac nostros diocesanos invaluisse 
conspicimus, proinde secundum declarationem statutorum 
concilii provincialis prelatorum hujus regni Scotie ordina- 
tum exstitit ut omnes et singuli nostri diocesani in suis 
ecclesiis parochialibus sacrosancto misse sacrificio diebus 
dominicis et aliis festivis duplicibus ab ecclesia indictis aut 
divini Verbi predicationibus interesse diligentes, sed a 
sacrosancto misse sacrificio in suis parochialibus ecclesiis 
sese ultro absentates diligenter notentur per ciuratos 
ecclesiarum qui eosdem decanis ipsis in suis visitationibus 
majorum excessuum deferant penitentiis publicis juxta 
personarum qualitates et dilecti [sic. I. delicti] hujusmodi 
frequentationem districte puniendi non solum censura 
ecclesiastica sed etiam aliis penis arbitrio ordinariorum 
infligendis. Quocirca vobis et vestrum cuilibet, et 
cetera.' (f. 30.) 

{Translation) 

That parishioners shall take part in the holy solemnities 
of the Mass on Lord's Days and feast days. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas in these 
days we perceive a great contempt of divine mysteries to 
have taken possession of the subjects of this realm and our 
diocesans, on account of which it has been ordained, 
according to the declaration of the statutes of the Pro- 
vincial Council of the prelates of this kingdom of Scotland, 
that all and sundry our diocesans shall diligently attend 
in their parish churches the sacred sacrifice of the Mass 
on Lord's Days and other special feasts instituted by the 
Church, or the preaching of the divine Word, but on the 
other hand those who absent themselves from the sacred 
sacrifice of the Mass in their parish churches shall be 



REPAIR OF CHURCHES 183 

carefully noted by the curates of the churches, who shall 
report them to their deans in their visitations of the greater 
transgressions, to be strictly punished by public penances 
according to the quality of the persons and the frequency 
of the said offence, not only by church censure but by other 
pains to be inflicted upon them at the discretion of their 
ordinaries : Wherefore we ordain and command you and 
each of you, etc. 

' Contra parochianos pro reparatione ecclesie. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc. ' Quia in nostra 
ultima synodo tenta per nos apud nostram civitatem 
Glasguensem juxta ordinationem concilii provincialis pre- 
latorum hujus regni decretum exstitit ut quecunque 
ecclesie infra nostram diocesim Glasguensem dirute et 
dilapse in muribus ipsarum ecclesiarum et muri cimitori- 
orum ipsarum ecclesiarum in terram dejecti a parochianis 
reparari solite in parietibus tectis ornamentis et omnibus 
aliis necessariis per ipsos parochianos reedificentur et 
reparentur. Quocirca vobis et vestrum cuilibet, et 
cetera.' (f. 30.) 

(Translation) 

Against parishioners to repair the fabric of churches. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas in our late 
synod held by us at our city of Glasgow, conform to the 
appointment of the Provincial Council of the prelates of 
this realm, it was decreed that whatsoever churches within 
our diocese of Glasgow, the walls of whose fabric are ruined 
and dilapidated and the walls of whose cemeteries are 
cast down, are accustomed to be repaired by the parish- 
ioners, shall be rebuilt and repaired by the said parish- 
ioners as to walls, roofs, ornaments, and all other necessary 
things : Wherefore we command and ordain you and each 
of you, etc. 

' De habitus [sic] clericorum. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina, ' etc . ' Quia alias per statuta 
nostra synodalia infra ecclesiam nostram metropolita- 
nam Glasguensem jam ultime edita secundum declara- 



184 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

tionem consilii provincialis prelatorum hujus regni ordina- 
turn est quod prelati et ecclesiastici beneficiati cujuscunque 
gradus status ordinis religionis aut existentie fuerint tarn 
etiam exempti quam non exempti habitu decenti veteri 
clericorum more duntaxat utantur et ut sui status et 
condicionis rationem habeant tarn in habitu decenti quam 
in tonsura facienda quo secularium obtrectationes contra 
clericos compescantur, utque clerici a laicis habitu dis* 
tingi ut decet conspiciantur sub [pena] amissionis quarte 
partis proventuum suorum beneficiorum per nos levan- 
dorum et percipiendorum ac in pios usus apphcandorum 
pro prima vice quo ad ipsos beneficiatos, et quo ad infe- 
riores pena arbitraria per nos injungenda secundum formam 
statuti provinciahs editi apud Linlythquho in anno 
Domini etc. xUx" prout in ipsis statutis desuper editis 
latius continetur. Proinde ne ipsi ecclesiastici nostri 
diocesani in premissis culpabiUter hujusmodi nostra statuta 
ignorasse censeantur et ad eorum noti[ci]am minime 
devenisse sese excusaverint, vobis igitur et vestrum cuihbet, 
et cetera.' (f. 30.) 

(Translation) 

Concerning the vestments of churchmen. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas by our 
synodal statutes lately promulgated within our cathedral 
church of Glasgow, in accordance with the declaration of 
the Provincial Council of the prelates of this realm, it is 
ordained that prelates and beneficed clergy of whatsoever 
degree, state, rank, religion or living, as well exempt as not 
exempt, shall wear simply a seemly garment after the old 
manner of the clergy, that their standing and position may 
be recognised as well by their raiment as by the tonsure, 
whereby the disparagement of the clergy by the people 
may be removed, and that churchmen may be careful, as 
becomes them, to be distinguished by their garb from the 
laity, under penalty of forfeiting a fourth part of the rents 
of their benefices to be uplifted and received by us and 
applied for pious uses, for the first offence of the beneficed 
clergy, and discretionary pains to be enjoined by us ift 



AGAINST KEEPING CONCUBINES 185 

the case of the lesser clergy, in terms of the statute of the 
Provincial Council held at Linlithgow in 1549, as in the 
said statutes issued thereanent is more fully contained. 
Therefore, lest any of our diocesan clergy think negligently 
to ignore our said statutes or pretend non-intimation 
thereof, we command and ordain you, etc. 

' Contra concubinas habentes. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina,' etc. ■ ' Quia alias ex 
clericorum incontinentia nonnullos beneficiarios nostre 
Glasguensis diocesis publicas concubinas detinentes ac 
etiam proles ex hujusmodi concubinatu susceptas in suis 
familiis et consortiis tenentes et alentes, in gravissimum 
ecclesie scandalum hisce temporibus exortum concepimus,. 
proinde hinc malo in quantum possumus occurrere et pro 
hujusmodi macula extra nostram diocesim exstirpanda et 
purganda cupientes, in statutis nostris synodalibus juxta 
editionem statutorum concilii provincialis prelatorum hujus 
regni jam ultimo tenti apud Edinburgum ordinatum est 
quod quicunque ecclesiasticus beneficiatus cujuscunque 
status gradus ordinis conditionis religionis aut dignitatis 
tam exemptus quam non exemptus, licet commendatarius,. 
publicus fuerit concubinarius, a perceptione fructuum 
onmium beneficiorum suorum trium mensium spatium sit 
ipso facto suspensus in fabricam vel aliam evidentem 
ecclesiarum utilitatem convertendorum, et nisi illam 
publicam concubinam dimiserit debite admonitus vel si 
etiam ilia dimissa aliam resumpserit suis omnibus bene- 
ficiis privandus censebitur et aliis etiam penis mulcta- 
bitur, prout in Concilio Basiliensi latius explicatur ; ae 
etiam ne qui ecclesiastici suas proles ex concubinatu sus- 
ceptas in suis familiis et consortiis alant et tineant sie ' 
quod ultra quatriduum et id non palam singulis trimes- 
tribus morentur sub pena centum librarum monete in 
prelatum et alia pena arbitrilia [sic] per nos in inferiores 
injungenda pro prima vice, et secunda vice duplicanda. 
Insuper etiam ne ipsi ecclesiastici per se vel alios eorunL 
nomine filias suas baronibus aut aliis dominis supra 
summam centum librarum monete annul hereditarii 



186 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

proventus habentes ^ de patrimonio Christi dotent aut in 
matrimonio colloce[n]t, sub pena tantundem pecunie 
tanquam dotis nomine promissum datumve fuerit solvende 
et per nos exigendi, neque etiam [filios] suos barones aut 
terrarum dominos ultra summam centum librarum monete 
annui hereditarii proventus efficiant sub eadem pecunie 
pena, terras etiam ecclesiasticas ad eorum beneficia 
spectantes vel decimas dictis suis prolibus aut concubinis 
directe vel indirecte nullo modo alienent aut assedent prout 
in statutis nostris synodalibus in nostra hac synodo apud 
nostram civitatem Glasguensem editis latius statuimus et 
manda[vi]mus decrevimusque. Et ne ipsi beneficiarii et 
alii ecclesiastici nostri diocesani in premissis inculpabiles 
hujusmodi nostra statuta ignorare censeantur et ad eorum 
noticiam minime devenisse se excusaverint, quocirca vobis 
et vestrum cuilibet et cetera.' (f. 30.) 

{Translation) 

Against the keeping of concubines. 

James, by the mercy of God, etc. Whereas we under- 
stand that by reason of the incontinence of the clergy 
several of the beneficed clergy of our diocese of Glasgow 
■do keep public concubines, and also keep and sustain in 
their families and retinue the children begotten of such 
■concubinage, to the very grave discredit of the Church in 
these times, therefore being desirous to remedy this evil 
so far as is in our power and to purge and remove this 
stain from our diocese, it was ordained by our synodal 
statutes, in accordance with the statutes issued by the 
Provincial Council of the prelates of this kingdom lately 
held at Edinburgh, that whosoever of the beneficed clergy 
* of whatever state, degree, rank, standing, religion or 
dignity, as well exempt as not exempt, even though he be 
a commendator, should be guilty of public concubinage, 
shall be by the act itself suspended for the space of three 
months from receiving the fruits of all his benefices, which 
are to be employed for maintaining the fabric or for some 

' Robertson, Statuta, ii. 55, gives ' habentibus,' which seems to be the correct 
reading. 



AGAINST KEEPING CONCUBINES 187 

other purpose of apparent utility to the churches, and if 
a,fter due warning he put not away that pubhc concubine, 
or having dismissed her shall take her again, he shall 
be considered deprived 6f all his benefices and shall be 
mulcted in other penalties as is set forth more fully in the 
{decrees of the] Council of Basle ; and also no ecclesiastic 
shall keep and maintain in his household and retinue his 
children begotten in concubinage, so that they should 
stay with him more than four days in every three months, 
and that not openly, under the pain of one hundred pounds 
in the case of a prelate, and other discretionary pains to be 
imposed by us on inferiors, for the first offence, doubling 
them for a second offence. Moreover no. ecclesiastic by 
himself or others in his name shall bestow his daughters in 
marriage, or dower them out of the patrimony of Christ, 
upon barons or other lords having more than one hundred 
pounds of yearly heritage, under penalty of paying as much 
money, to be exacted by us, as the amount of the dowry 
which was promised or paid ; nor shall they make their 
sons barons or lords of land having above one hundred 
pounds of yearly heritage, under the like penalty ; nor 
shall they assign or dispone by any means directly or 
indirectly any church lands pertaining to their benefices 
to their said children or concubines, as we have more fully 
ordained, appointed and decreed by our synodal statutes 
promulgated in our said synod at our city of Glasgow. 
And lest the said beneficed and other clergy, our diocesans, 
contravening the premises, think to overlook our decrees 
or plead non-intimation thereof to them, therefore we 
ordain and command you and each of you, etc. 

' Commissarius Melrosensis universis et singulis curatis 
presbji;eris notariisque publicis per universam juris- 
•dictionem nostram Melrosensem divina celebrandis et 
super executione presentium debite requisitis, salutem. 
Literas honorandi et nobilis domini Jacobi permissione 
■divina Commendatarii perpetui monasteriorum de Calco 
et Melrose de data apud Edinburgum decimo Februarii 
anno Domini millesimo quingentesimo quinquagesimo 



188 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

quinto continentes certain assignationem concessionem et 
confirmationem cujusdam annue pensionis pro sustenta- 
tione religiosorum virorum subperioris [sic] et conventus 
dicti monasterii de Melrose existentium in numero sex- 
decem monachorum de fructibus redditibus proventibus 
juribus decimis et emolumentis dicti monasterii de Melrose 
accedentibus etiam ad hoc express, consensu et assensu ac 
confirmatione venerabilis in Christo patris Gualteri mona- 
sterii Vallis Lucis Abbatis et Commissarii Generalis infra 
regnum Scotie per reverendissimum dominum Abbatem 
Cistercii et capitulum generale ejusdem ordinis potestate 
fungentis ad manus accepimus, quarumquidem literarum 
assignationis et concessionis predictarum vigore fuimus 
pro parte supprioris et conventus dicti monasterii de 
Melrose in eisdem assignationis Uteris principaliter nomina- 
torum debita cum instantia requisiti, quatenus literas- 
nostras monitoriales eisdem Uteris assignationis annue 
pensionis conformes contra omnes et singulos quoscunque 
infra nostram jurisdictionem Melrosensem commorantes 
predictam annuam pensionem solvere debentes in forma 
solita et consueta concedere dignaremur. Nos igitur 
attendentes requisitionem hujusmodi fore justam et 
rationi consonam et propteria prefatas nostras monitoriales 
literas predictis Uteris assignationis dicte pensionis annue 
conformes decernendas et concedendas fore, prout decer- 
nimus et concedimus presentium per tenorem, vobis vera 
et vestrum cuilibet in virtute sancte obedientie et sub pena 
suspentionis a divinorum celebratione stricte precipiendo 
mandamus quatenus moneatis legitime et in genera necnon 
nominatitti et in speciale per se respective prout desuper 
requisiti fueritis seu alter vestrum fuerit requisitus omnes 
et singulbs utriusque sexus incolas colonos manuratores 
inhabitatores et firmarios terrarum et villarum de Gal- 
tonsyd, Dernwyk, Awna, duorum molendinorum mona- 
sterialium, Blaneslie, Threipwod, Eildoun, Newton, et 
molendini ejusdem, Apilltreleis, Williamlaw, Langschaw, 
molendinique ejusdem, Wolhousbyr ex parte ori[en]tali 
ejusdem, Calfhill, Cowmeslie, Laudupmure, et occupatores 
quorumcunque pastuorum [sic] communum dicti monasterii 



MAINTENANCE OF MONKS 189 

de Melrose, necnon collectores financiarum pascalium et 
lini decimalis dicte parochie infra predictam nostram 
jurisdictionem unde et a quibus fructus proventus jura 
obventiones et emolumenta predietarum terrarum et 
villarum de Galtonsyd, Dernwyk, Awnay, duorum 
molendinorum monasterialium, Blaneslie, Threipwod, 
Eldon, Newton et molendini ejusdem, Appiltreleis, William- 
law, Langschaw molendinique ejusdem, Wolhousbyr ex 
parte orientali, Cawfhill, Cowmesliehill, Cowmeslie, Law- 
dopmur, pascuorum communum et financium paschalium 
necnon lini decimalis dicte parochie levari solent aut 
debent primo secundo tertio unico tamen contextu pro 
triplici edicto et peremptorie quos nos et eorum quemlibet 
tenore presentium monemus quatinus indilate viz. incole 
firmarii coloni laboratores et manuratores ac inhabitatores 
terrarum et villarum de Galtounsyd et Dernewyk de 
sexdecem cheldris brasii et duodecim boUis ordii boni et 
sufficientis grani et mensure garnarie et de cariagiis dicte 
ville de Galtunsyd, de lye Awnay de duabus cheldris farine 
avenatice equate mensure, de dictis duobus molendinis 
monasterialibus et sex cheldris frumenti et pro hujusmodi 
frumenti bona solutione, ipsa duo molendina monasterialia 
cum suis multuris sequelis et divoriis eorundem memoratis 
I'eligiosis per dictas assignationis literas specialiter assignan- 
tur, de Blaneslie de quadraginta quinque libris et pulteriis 
ejusdem wille, de Threipwod de viginti octo libris et xiij s. 
iiij d., de Eilldoun et Newtoun et de molendino ejusdem 
quinquaginta octo libris, de Apiltreleis de trigenta libris, 
de Williamlawde quinque libris, de Langschaw et molendino 
ejusdem de undecim libris xiij s. iiij d, de Wolhousbyr ex 
parte orientali ejusdem, de tribus libris vj s. viij d, de 
Cawfhill de decim libris, de Cowmesliehill de quinque 
libris, et de fynanciis paschalibus dicte ecclesie de Melrose 
de quadraginta libris, de Cowmeslie et Laudopmur de 
sexaginta quatuor petris butteri, de pascuis comunibus 
ejusdem monasterii de nonaginta quatuor petris casei, 
necnon de lino decimali dicte parochie per parochianos, 
et hoc anno instanti et annuatim ac terminatim futuris 
temporibus juxta vim formam continentiam et tenorem 



190 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

predictarum literarum assignationis concessionis et con- 
firmacionis pensionis annue dictis suppriori et conventui 
alias assignate prompte pareant respondeant obediant et 
efficaciter intendant, et quilibet eorum per se respective 
pro sua parte prompte pareat respondeat obediat et 
efficaciter intendat ac persolvat et satisfaciat realiter et 
cum effectu et nuUi alteri, sub pena excommunicationis 
majoris : Et insuper modo et forma premissorum inhibentes 
omnibus et singulis utriusque sexus incolis colonis manu- 
ratoribus et firmariis terrarum et villarum de Galtunsyd 
Dernewyk Awnay duorum molendinorum monasterialium 
dictis suppriori et conventui ut supra assignatorum et de 
BlaneslieThreipwod Eildoun NewtounAppiltreleis William- 
law Langschaw et molendini ejusdem de Wolhousbyr ex 
parte orientali Cawfhill Cowmesliehill et coUectoribus 
fynanciarum paschalium dicte ecclesie de Melrose et 
parochianis ejusdem pro lino decimal! necnon firmerariis 
de Cowmeslie et Laudopmur et occupatoribus pascuorum 
comunum et eorum cuilibet respective et aliis quibus- 
cunque cujuscunque gradus status ordinis vel conditionis 
existant, quibus nos et eorum cuilibet inhibemus ne ipsi 
aut eorum aliquis circa solutionem et satisfactionem 
predictarum summarum victualium et pecuniarum ac lini 
decimalis et buteri casei lie pultre cum careagiis, et 
similiter omnibus et singulis premissis personis et aliis 
quibuscunque cujuscunque gradus status ordinis vel 
conditionis existant per se nee per personam interpositam 
aut eorum aliquis cum piscaria de Tuede dictis suppriori et 
conventui spectan. et pertinen. aut cum lie baikhous yaird 
pro filo providendo et mercede certoris ipsorum religioso- 
rum vestimenta conficientis vel cum cameris et hortis 
infra scepta monasterii de Melrose et per religiosos ejusdem 
hactenus plantatis et edificatis, nee demum cum quibus- 
cunque aliis emolumentis proficuis asiamentis libertatibus 
ac previlegiis in dictis assignationum Uteris specificatis et 
nominatis, et secundum vim formam et tenorem eorundem 
impedimentum aliquod quominus prefati supprior et 
conventus ejusdem monasterii per se suosve factores 
officiarios seu servitores nempe religiosos ejusdem monas- 



MAINTENANCE OF MONKS 191 

terii plures aut unum cum predictis pecuniarum ac victu- 
alium et aliorum quorumcunque suprascriptorum summis 
ac commodis et emolumentis superius specificatis et in 
dictis assignationis Uteris contentis memoratis suppriori 
et conventui assignat. libere intromittere et de eisdem ad 
ipsorum voluntatis libitum disponere possunt et valeant 
possitque et valeat per se vel per alium seu alios publice 
vel occulte derecte vel indirecte quovis quesito colore vel 
ingenio prestant aut prestare presumant seu presumat 
sed ab omni molestatione vexatione perturbatione et 
impedimento eorundem respective in premissis penitus et 
omnino ac realiter et cum effectu cessent et desistant et 
quilibet eorum respective cesset et desistat sub simili ex- 
communicationis majoris pena ; Quam in contrarium 
facientes trina et canonica monitione premissa ferimus in 
his scriptis et quos viros sic monitos et inhibitos moni- 
tionibusque et inhibitionibus nostris hujusmodi non 
parentes et obtemperantes, lapsis trina et canonica 
monitione premissa, publice et solempniter excommuni- 
catos denunciatis, et in singulis ecclesiis vestris omnibus 
diebus dominicis festivis et aliis infra missarum solempnia 
ut moris est publicetis, a dicta denunciatione non cessanda 
donee aliud a nobis habueritis in mandatis : Et presentes 
debite executas earundem latori reddatis. Datum apud 
Melrose sub nostro signeto in consimilibus apponi solito et 
manuali subscriptione clerici nostri consistorialis ex nostro 
speciali mandato decimo septimo die mensis decimo [sic\ 
Martii anno Domiai millesimo quingentesimo quinqua- 
gesimo sexto. 

'Radulphus Hudsone scriba consistorialis Melrosensis. 
manu sua subscribit.' (f. 32.) 

(Translation) 

The Commissary of Melrose, to all and sundry curates, 
priests and notaries public celebrating divine offices 
throughout our whole jurisdiction of Melrose and duly 
required to put the premises to execution, greeting. There 
have come to our hand letters of an honorable and noble 
lord, James, by Divine permission perpetual Commen- 



192 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

dator of the monasteries of Kelso and Melrose, dated at 
Edinburgh, 10th February 1555, containing sure assigna- 
tion, grant and confirmation of a certain annual pension 
for sustenance of religious men the subprior and convent 
of the said monastery of Melrose, being in number sixteen 
monks, out of the fruits, rents, profits, rights, teinds and 
emoluments accruing to the said monastery of Melrose, 
and that with express consent, assent and confirmation of 
a, venerable father in Christ, Walter, Abbot of Glenluce 
and Commissary General within Scotland having power 
from the most reverend lord the Abbot of the order of 
Cistercians and the chapter general of that order, on the 
strength of which letters of assignation and disposition 
foresaid we were duly and earnestly required for the part 
of the subprior and convent of the said monastery of 
Melrose principally named in the said letters of assignation, 
that we might condescend to grant our monitory letters 
in the usual and common form, conform to the said letters 
of assignation of a yearly pension, against all and sundry 
persons dwelling within our jurisdiction of Melrose who 
ought to pay the foresaid yearly pension. We therefore 
acknowledging this request to be just and according to 
reason, and that our monitory letters ought therefore to 
be decerned and granted conform to the foresaid letters 
of assignation of the said yearly pension, as by the tenor 
of these presents we grant and decern, do hereby strictly 
command and charge you and each of you in token of holy 
obedience and under pain of suspension from the celebra- 
tion of divine ordinances, that lawfully and in general 
as likewise each one particularly by name ye, or either of 
you respectively who shall be hereto required, by three 
intimations of one tenor peremptorily warn all and sundry 
inhabitants of both sexes, tenants, cultivators, indwellers 
and farmers of the lands and towns of Gattonside, Darnick, 
Annay, the two mills of the monastery, Blainslie, Threip- 
wood, Eildon, Newton and its mill, Appletreeleaves, 
Williamlaw, Langshaw and its mill, Wolhousebyre Easter, 
Calfhill, Colmislee, Ladhopemuir, and the occupiers of 
whatsoever common pastures of the said monastery of 



MAINTENANCE OF MONKS 193 

Melrose, as also the collectors of the Easter dues and 
teind flax of the said parish by whom the fruits, profits, 
rights, produce and emoluments of the foresaid towns and 
lands (etc. as above) are due or in use to be uplifted, 
■(whom we also by the tenor of these presents warn) that 
without delay the said indwellers, farmers, tenants, 
labourers, cultivators and inhabitants of the towns and 
lands aforesaid promptly obey, answer, and effectually pay, 
and each of them really and with effect for his own part 
satisfy and pay, viz. from Gattonside and Darnick 16 
«halders of malt and 12 bolls of barley good and sufficient 
stuff and girnel measure, with the carriages of the said 
town of Gattonside ; from the Annay 2 chalders of oatmeal, 
like measure ; from the two Abbey mills six chalders of 
wheat, for sure payment of which wheat the said two 
Abbey mills with their m.ultures, sequels and dues are 
specially assigned to the foresaid religious by the said 
letters of assignation ; from Blainslie 45 lib. and poultry ; 
from Threipwood 281 . 13 s. 4 d. ; from Eildon and Newton 
and its mill 58 1. ; from Appletreeleaves 30 1. ; from 
Williamlaw 5 1. ; from Langshaw and its mill 11 1. 13 s. 
4 d. ; from Wolhousebyre Easter 3 1. 6 s. 8 d. ; from Calf- 
hill 10 1. ; from Colmisleehill 51.; of the Easter dues of 
the kirk of Melrose 40 1. ; from Colmislee and Ladhope- 
muir 64 stones of butter ; from the common pastures of 
the said monastery 94 stones of cheese ; and the teind flax 
of the said parish due by the parishioners ; and that for 
the present year and yearly and termly in time to come, 
conform to the force, tenor, contents and effect of the fore- 
said letters of assignation, disposition and confirmation of 
a yearly pension granted to the said subprior and con- 
vent, under pain of the greater excommunication : Dis- 
charging moreover by the scope and tenor of these presents 
all and sundry of either sex, indwellers, tenants, occupiers 
and farmers of the lands and towns of Gattonside, Darnick, 
Annay, the two Abbey mills assigned as above to the said 
subprior and convent, Blainslie, Threipwood, Eildon, 
Newton, Appletreeleaves, Williamlaw, Langshaw and its 
mill, Wolhousebyre Easter, Calfhill, Colmisleehill, and the 

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194 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

collectors of the Easter dues of the said kirk of Mebose/ 
the parishioners for the teind flax, and the farmers of 
Colmislee and Ladhopemuir and occupiers of the common 
pastures, and each of them respectively and others whom- 
soever of whatever degree, state, rank or condition they be.^ 
(whom we likewise hereby discharge) from hindering or 
presuming to withhold by themselves or others publicly 
or secretly, directly or indirectly, under any plea, colour 
or pretence, the payment and satisfaction of the foresaid 
sums of victual and money, teind flax, butter, cheese,^ 
poultry, and carriages ; as likewise discharging all and, 
sundry the foresaid persons and others whomsoever of 
whatever degree, state, rank or condition they be, from 
intromitting by themselves or by an intermediary with 
the fishings of Tweed pertaining and belonging to the said 
subprior and convent, or with the bakehouse yard for 
providing thread and tailors' material for the making of 
the monks' garments, as with the chambers and gardens 
within the bounds of the monastery of Melrose hitherto 
erected and planted by the monks, or with any other 
emoluments, profits, easements, liberties and privileges 
specified and named in the said letters of assignation, sa 
that without impediment the foresaid subprior and con- 
vent of the said monastery by themselves or by their 
factors, ofiicers or servitors, one or more, being monks of 
the said monastery, may be able freely to intromit and at 
their pleasure dispone upon the foresaid sums of money 
and victual and others above-written, and commodities 
and emoluments above specified, contained in the said 
letters of assignation and assigned to the said subprior 
and convent ; but that they cease and desist entirely and 
absolutely from all molestation, vexation, troubling and 
hindering of the premises, under the like pain of the 
greater excommunication, which by these presents after 
the third and canonical intimation we pronounce upon the 
contraveners, and charge you that ye publicly and solemnly 
declare excommunicated such as being so warned and dis- 
charged fail to obey and obtemper our said warnings and 
prohibitions, after the third and canonical admonition. 



EXACTING DUTIES 195 

and that ye publish their names in all your churches on 
all Lord's Days, feast-days and others, during the celebra- 
tion of Mass, as use is ; from which denunciation they 
shall not be released till ye have our further commands : 
And these presents duly executed ye shall return to the 
bearer. Given at Melrose under our signet accustomed in 
the like cases to be appended, and under the subscription 
of our consistorial clerk, at our special command, the 17th 
day of March 1556. Ralph Hudson, consistory clerk of 
Melrose, subscribes with his hand. 

' xxj° March 1556 viz. Dominica tercia Quadragesime, 
ego Dominus Andreas Wrycht capellanus publice monui 
omnes et singulos occupatores et firmarios de Galtunsyd, 
Dernewyk, Awnay, ac molendinorum monasterialium, 
necnon tenentes et occupatores de Blaneslie, Threipwod, 
Eildon, Newtoun, et molendini ejusdem, Apiltreleis, 
Williamlaw, Langschaw et molendini ejusdem, Wolhousbyr 
ex parte orientali, Caufhill, Cowmesliehill, Cowmeslie, 
Laudopmur, et collectores fynahciarum paschalium ac 
etiam parochianos dicte parochie et eorum quemlibet 
respective ad parendum et persolvendum omnes et singulas 
summas pecuniarum et victualium buteri ac lini decimales 
et aliorum quorumcunque fructuum suppriori et con- 
ventui monasterii de Melrose eorumve factoribus et nulli 
alteri secundum quantitatem summarum in Uteris assigna- 
tionis honorabilis domini Commendatarii de Melrose 
contentarum et secundum vim formam et tenorem super- 
scriptarum literarum monitorialium sub pena excom- 
municationis, cum in[h]ibitione omnibus et singulis ut 
superius continetur per presentes, teste manu propria, 
Dominus Andreas Wrycht.' (f. 33.) 

(Translation) 

1556, March 21st, being the Third Sunday in Lent, I 
Sir Andrew Wright, chaplain, publicly warned all and 
sundry occupiers and farmers of Gattonside, Darnick, 
Annay, and the Abbey mills, as also the tenants and 
occupiers of Blainslie, Threipwood, Eildon, Newton and 
its mill, Appletreeleaves, Williamlaw, Langshaw and mill 



196 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

thereof, Wolhousebyre Easter, Calfhill, Colmisleehill, Col- 
mislee, Ladhopemuir, the collectors of the Easter dues, 
and the parishioners of the said parish, and each of them 
respectively, to satisfy and pay all and sundry sums of 
money and victual, butter, teind flax and other produce 
whatsoever, to the subprior and convent of the monastery 
of Melrose or their factors and no other, conform to the 
amount of the sums contained in the Conunendator's 
letters of assignation and the tenor of the above written 
monitory letters, under pain of excommunication, with 
prohibition to all and sundry as is above mentioned ; as 
witness my hand, Sir Andrew Wrycht. 

' Copia Literarum officii Yconomie pro Magistro Johanne 
Hepburne, rectoris de Dairy, Yconimi de Melros. 

' Jacobus miseratione divina Archiepiscopus Glasguensis, 
universis et singulis sancte Matris ecclesie filiis ad quorum 
noticias presentes litere pervenerint, salutem cum bene- 
dictione divina. Quia nobis ex pastorali incumbit officio 
ut beneficia ecclesiastica infra nostram diocesim maxime 
monasterialia seu abbatialia abbatibus suis pro tempore 
destituta et ecclesias parrochiales eisdem monasteriis 
annexatas unitas et incorporatas certos yconomos in 
eisdem deputare creare constituere facere et ordinare, 
confisi primitus de prudentia et discretione literarumque 
scientia vite ac morum honestate venerabilis viri Magistri 
Joannis Hepburne, rectoris de Dairy, aliisque rationabili- 
bus causis animum nostrum moventibus ipsum, itaque 
yconomum in et ad omnes et singulas parrochiales ecclesias 
tarn rectorias quam vicarias infra nostram diocesim 
consistentes monasterio de Melrois nunc abbate destitute 
respective unitas et incorporatas, cum fructibus redditibus 
proventibus ac pertinentiis annexis et connexis earundem 
parrochialium ecclesiarum tam rectoriarum quam vicari- 
arum tenoreque presentium facimus constituimus depu- 
tamus creamus et ordinamus durante vacatione dicti 
monasterii de Melrois et usque ad legittimam promotionem 
et provisionem futuri abbatis seu commendatarii desuper 
auctoritate apostolica facientem, mediantibus literis sup- 



APPOINTING AN ICONOMUS 19T 

plicatoriis serenissimorum dominorum Regis et Regine 
Scotorum Delphini et Delphine Viennensium et alias juxta 
et secundum mentem et directionem etiam serenissime 
Domine Marie Regine Dotarie hujus regni Regentis nobis 
ratione officii nostri ordinarii in hac parte specialiter 
directam et presentatam ; Dantes igitur et concedentes 
prefato yconomo nostram liberam puram et omni modam 
potestatem ordinariam et mandatum speciale ad pre- 
dictas omnes et singulas parrochiales ecclesias infra nos- 
tram diocesim consistentes accedendi, et ibidem de ad- 
ministratione et dispositione fructuum reddituum jurium 
et decimarum predictarum omnium et singularum par- 
rochialium ecclesiarum cognpscendi, et ibidem firmarios 
factores et intromissores earundem coram eo vocandi, 
eosque et eorum quemlibet de habitis receptis et levatis 
post datam presentium ac in futurum recipiendis et 
levandis quiete clamandi et exonerandi, necnon ad cal- 
culum coftiputum et ratiocinium de singulis fructibus ut 
premittitur per eos seu eorum quemlibet post datam pre- 
sentium intromissis et receptis ac in futurum intromit- 
tendis et recipiendis omnium et singularum parrochialium 
ecclesiarum infr& nostram diocesim consistentium quousque 
de novo abbate seu commendatario canonice providiatur 
auctoritate nostra, si opus fuerit, compellendi, firmariorum 
seu factorum calcula computasque in scriptis redigendi, 
novos inibi factores firmar[i]os et intromissores totiens 
quotiens sibi videbitur opportunum in eisdem ecclesiis 
parrochialibus imponendi et ante quos prout juris fuerit 
expellendi, quascunque pecuniarum et victualium sum- 
mas et quascunque alias res et bona ex eisdem parrochiali- 
bus ecclesiis post datam presentium ut prefertur petendi 
levandi exigendi et recipiendi, et desuper quietantias et 
exonerationes in forma dandi, detentores et debitores 
bonorum rerum fructuumque reddituum proventuum 
jurium decimarum et emolumentorum hujusmodi par- 
rochialium ecclesiarum predictarum firmarios et factores 
predictos coram quibuscunque aliis judicibus spiritualibus 
vel temporalibus competentibus conveniendi et eorum 
quemlibet in forma juris prosequendi, et si opus fuerit pro. 



198 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

eisdem namandi et distringendi, ceteraque omnia alia et 
singula faciendi dicendi gerendi et exercendi que in pre- 
missis et circa ea necessaria fuerint seu etiam quomodo- 
libet oportuna, et que ad officium yconomi de jure vel 
regni consuetudine pertinere quovismodo dinoscuntur, 
unumquoque vel plures procure seu procures vel factores 
loco sui substituendi et ordinandi ratum gratum atque 
stabile habendi et habituri totum et quicquid dictus 
yconomus seu sui procures substituendi plures aut unus 
in premissis seu eorum aliquis rite duxerit seu duxerint 
faciendum. Quocirca universis et singulis viris ecclesi- 
asticis curatis et non curatis per civitatem et diocesim 
nostras Glasguenses ubilibet constitutis in virtute sancte 
obedientie et sub pena suspensionis a divinorum cele- 
bratione in hiis scriptis sententie late districte precipiendo 
mandamus quatenus legittime et in genere necnon nomina- 
tim per se respective et in specie prout per prefatum 
yconomum vel suos procures seu factores plures aut 
unum prout super hoc requisiti fueritis seu alter vestrum 
fuerit requisitus omnes et singulos utriusque sexus pre- 
dictarum omnium et singularum parrochialium ecclesi- 
arum dicto monasterio de Melrois spectantium et infra 
nostram diocesim Glasguensem consistentium necnon 
respective parrochianos earundem intromittores et astrictos 
in hac parte cum aliquibus fructibus redditibus proventibus 
juribus decimis obventionibus et emolumentis earundem 
parrochialium ecclesiarum predictarum quocunque jure 
vel titulo intromittentes cujuscunque dignitatis status 
gradus ordinis vel conditionis fuerint primo secundo tertio 
et peremptorie trina vice unico tamen contextu et pro 
triplici edicto, quos nos et eorum quemlibet expresse 
monemus quatenus visis presentibus indilate a die date 
presentium prefato Magistri Joanni Hepburne yconomo 
predicto vel suis procuribus seu factoribus in hac parte 
pluribus aut uni ad hoc ab eo deputatis seu deputandis de 
universis et singulis fructibus redditibus proventibus 
juribus decimis garbalibus et aliis decimis minutis obven- 
tionibus et emolumentis omnium et singularum parrochi- 
alium ecclesiarum tam rectoriarum quam vicariarum 



APPOINTING AN ICONOMUS 199 

earundem respective necnon de fructibus juribus et decimis 
hujusmodi annuatim percipiendis et solvendis prompte 
pareant respondeant obediant et efficaciter intendant et 
■quilibet eorum per se respective prompte pareat respondeat 
obediat et efficaciter intendat et nulli alteri sibi que et suis 
procuribus camerariis seu factoribus antedictis de omni- 
bus et singulis tarn pecuniarum quam victualium summis 
aliisque rebus et bonis decimis garbalibus obventionibus 
€t emolumentis predictarum omnium et singularum par- 
rochialium ecclesiarum infra nostram diocesim consis- 
tentium ut predicitur quovismodo per eos in futurum 
levandis et recipiendis plenarie et integre satisfaciant et 
persolvant et quilibet eorum satisfaciat et persolvat 
realiter et cum effectu sub pena excommunicationis 
majoris quam in ipsos et eorum quemlibet monitionibus 
hujusmodi non parentes exnunc prout extunc et e contra 
trioa canonica monitione premissa ferimus et promul- 
gamus in hiis scriptis et quos wos [sic] sic excommunicatos 
€orum parrochialibus ecclesiis et aliis locis publicis solemp- 
niter publice denuncietis, a dicta denunciatione non ces- 
santes donee de universis et singulis fructibus redditibus 
proventibus decimis garbalibus obventionibus et emolu- 
mentis omnium et singularum ecclesiarum parrochialium 
predictarum necnon de fructibus et decimis hujusmodi ac 
terris ecclesiasticis et aliis annuatim prefato yconomo vel 
suis procuribus camerariis seu factoribus in hac parte 
pluribus aut uni antedictis plenarie et integre satisfactum 
et persolutum fuerit, et aliud a nobis habueritis in man- 
datis, exonerantes insuper omnes et singulos alios yconomos 
■dicti monasterii per nos aut nostros vicarios generales 
prius constitutos presentium per tenorem ; et presentes 
debite executas earundem latori reddatis. Datum sub 
sigillo nostro rotundo ac subscriptione nostri secretarii, 
apud Edinburgum die tertio mensis Augusti anno Domini 
millesimo quingentesimo quinquagesimo nono et nostre 
consecrationis anno septimo. Per dictum reverendis- 
simum dominum Archiepiscopum Glasguensem.' (f. 34.) 



200 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

{Translation) 

Copy of the Letters conferring the office of Iconomus of 
Melrose upon Mr. John Hepburn, rector of Dairy. 

James, by the mercy of God, Archbishop of Glasgow, 
to all and sundry the sons of holy mother Church to whose 
notice these present letters may come, greeting, with the 
divine blessing. Whereas it devolves upon us in our 
pastoral capacity to depute, create, appoint, make and 
ordain iconomi over those ecclesiastical benefices within 
our diocese, chiefly those monasteries or abbacies deprived 
for the time of their abbots, and the parish churches 
annexed, united to and incorporated with them, and 
having entire faith in the prudence, discretion, learning, 
and purity of life and manners of a venerable man Mr. 
John Hepburn, rector of Dairy, and for other reasonable 
causes moving us thereto, we therefore by the tenor of 
these presents, at the request and direction of her most 
Serene Highness Mary, Queen Dowager, Regent of this 
realm, intimated and expressed to us in virtue of our office 
as ordinary in that part, do make, appoint, depute, create 
and ordain him iconomus over all and sundry parish 
churches both parsonage and vicarage being within our 
diocese, united to and incorporated with the monastery of 
Melrose now destitute of an abbot, with the fruits, rents,, 
profits and pertinents, annexes and connexes, of the said 
parish churches both parsonage and vicarage, during the 
vacancy in the said monastery of Melrose, and until the 
lawful appointment and provision of an abbot or com- 
mendator thereto by apostolic authority, in answer to the 
request of their most serene Majesties the King and Queen 
of Scotland, Dauphin and Dauphiness of Vien : Giving 
therefore and granting to the said iconomus our free, entire 
and absolute power and special warrant to go to all and 
sundry the foresaid parish churches being within our 
diocese, and there to take cognisance of the administration 
and disposal of the fruits, rents, rights and tithes of all and 
sundry the said parish churches, and to call before him the 
farmers, factors, and intromitters therewith, and to quit- 



APPOINTING AN ICONOMUS 201 

claim and exoner them for what they have received and 
uplifted from the date of these presents and shall uplift and 
receive in time coming, and likewise if need be to compel 
them to make account, computation and reckoning for all 
fruits, intromitted with and received by them or any of 
them as aforesaid after the date of these presents or to be 
intromitted with and uplifted by them in time coming 
from all and sundry the parish churches being within our 
diocese, until a new abbot or commendator is by our 
authority canonically provided, and to reduce the accounts 
and reckonings of the farmers or factors to writing, and to 
appoint new factors, farmers and intromitters anent the 
said parish churches as often as he shall see needful, and 
dismiss their predecessors as accords of the law, and to ask,, 
uplift, exact and receive all such sums of money and victual 
and other commodities and goods from the said parish 
churches after the date of these presents, as is aforesaid,, 
and grant formal discharges and acquittances thereupon,, 
and to summon and prosecute in terms of law before whatso- 
ever competent judges spiritual or temporal, the farmers 
and factors foresaid withholding and owing the said goods,, 
commodities, fruits, rents, profits, rights, tithes ^nd emolu- 
ments of the foresaid parish churches, and if need be to 
poind and distrain for the same, and all and sundry other 
things to do, say, perform and exercise which shall be need- 
ful or any way applicable in and concerning the premises 
and which in any wise are considered by law or usage of the 
realm to pertain to the office of an iconomus ; with power 
also to appoint and ordain procurators or factors one or 
more in his stead ; holding and to hold sure, firm and 
stable all and whatsoever things the said iconomus or his 
substitutes one or more, or any of them, shall justly cause 
to be done in the premises. Wherefore we by these letters 
strictly and imperatively command and ordain all and 
sundry churchmen with and without cure wheresoever they 
reside within our city and diocese of Glasgow, in token of 
holy obedience and under pain of suspension from the 
celebration of divine ordinances, that as ye or either of you 
shall be generally and specially required hereto by the said 



^02 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

iconomus or his factors ye cause warn all and sundry 
parishioners and others of both sexes effeiring to the fore- 
said parish churches and bound in payment of the rents, 
fruits, tithes, etc. thereof, promptly to obey, answer, 
satisfy and pay the same to them and to none other, under 
pain of the greater excommunication, etc. And we hereby 
exoner all and sundry other iconomi of the said monastery 
formerly appointed by us or our vicars general. Given 
under our round seal and the subscription of our secretary, 
at Edinburgh, 3rd August 1559, and seventh year of our 
consecration. 

' Contractus inter Commendatarium et Episcopum 
Candide Case. 

' Universis e^; singulis ad quorum noticias presentes litere 
pervenerint, salutem in Domino. Sciatis nos A. C. etc. 
Commissarium ac procuratorem et eo nomine in hac parte 
venerabilis domini Jacobi permissione divina Commenda- 
tarii perpetui monasterii de Melrose ad eftectum sub- 
scriptum specialiter deputatos de expresso consensu 
conventus unanimiter capitulariter congregati commodo 
et utilitate ejusdem monasterii undique previsis pensatis et 
intellectis longo tractatu et matura deliberatione prehabitis 
€t pro extinctione litium et anfractuum inter dictum 
dominum Commendatarium et conventum dicti monasterii 
de Melrose ab una et reverendum patrem Andream misera- 
tione divina Episcopum Candidecase ac Capelle Regie 
Stroveling partibus ab altera de et super pensione annua 
mille mercarum monete regni Scotie de fructibus dicti 
monasterii per cum quoad vixerit levanda et percipienda 
sibi auctoritate apostolica reservata et constituta, fecisse 
■constituisse et ordinasse necnon per presentes facere et 
constituere et ordinare dictum reverendum in Christo 
patrem Andream, Episcopum Candidecase et Capelle Regie 
Stroviling, pensionarium predictum, nostrum indubitatum 
ac irrevocabilem cessionarium et assignatum ac procura- 
torem in rem suam modo et forma ut sequitur viz. In et 
ad integras annuas pensiones wlgariter the hale mails 
terrarum in feodifirma et terrarum in assedatione locatarum 



CONTRAGT WITH WHITHORN 203 

Veil in rental! seu occupatarum absque assedatione seu 
quibuscunque aliis viis seu modis de omnibus et integris 
terris de Kylismure et Barmure cum pertinentiis, ac in et 
ad omnes et singulas annuas pensiones seu wulgariter the 
malis molendinorum earundem terrarum, et in et ad 
proficua manerie seu grangie earundem wulgariter the 
manes thairof exceptis grangie seu manerie wulgariter the 
manes contente et specificate in dicti reverendi patris 
buUis apostolicis sue pensionis antedictis, exceptis etiam 
uno molendino wulgariter nuncupate the Haucht mylne 
et quatuor prediis wlgariter nuncupatis the four bow 
stedingis wiz. Blanekip Blairmallauch Overvallwod Neder 
woUwod, quequidem quatuor predia fuerunt perprius in 
manibus dicti monasterii occupate cum suis propriis bonis 
tempore quo idem reverendus pater olim abbas dicti 
monasterii eandem abbatiam dimisit et promotus fuerit ad 
dictum episcopatum, et hoc pro summa seu contentatione 
summe quadringentarum mercarum usualis monete pre- 
dicte, ac in et ad integras pensiones annuas seu redditus et 
firmas wulgariter the hale malis and fermis terrarum de 
Monkland et molendini earundem ac omnium alianim 
terrarum et decimarum cum suis pertinentiis in Carik dicto 
monasterio pertinentium et spectantium, ac in et ad omnes 
pensiones annuas seu redditus wulgariter the malis omnium 
terrarum in Nythisdale cum pertinentiis et molendini 
earundem dicto monasterio similiter pertinentes, unacum 
viginti libris annul redditus pensionis et flrme wulgariter 
ferme and yeirlie male integre demedietatis fructuum 
ecclesie de Dunskor etiam dicto monasterio pertinentis, ac 
in et ad summam tricentarum mercarum monete predicte 
annue redditus seu annue pensionis et firme vulgariter 
ferme and male ecclesie de Ochiltri pro qua summa dicta 
ecclesia seu fructus ejusdem assedatur seu assedantur in 
assedationem dicto monasterio, et hoc in completam satis- 
factionem et annuam solutionem in futurum dicte integre 
pensionis annue mille mercarum pro omnibus diebus vite 
dicti reverendi patris durante tempore buUe sue et pensionis 
apostolice antedicte, incipiendo ad solutionem dicte pensionis 
annue in festo Sancti Martini proxime sequent! et pro solu- 



204 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

tione termini seu festi Divi Michaelis Archangeli proxime et 
immediate sequentis datam presentium : Transferendum in 
eundena reverendum patrem suos procuratores factored 
suo nomine omne jus juris titulum proprietatem et posses- 
sionem que quod seu quem prefatus Commendatarius seu 
nos conventus predicti habet habuimus vel habemus seu 
in futurum habere poterit vel poterint in et ad omnes et 
singulas fiimas sive annuas pensiones pecuniarum summas 
terrarum et ecclesiarum ac molendinorum predictarum 
durante vita dicti reverendi patris secundum formam et 
tenorem cujusdam contractus seu appunctuamenti inter 
dictum dominum Commendatarium et reverendum patrem 
pensionarium ab una et altera partibus desuper confecti 
manibus earundem subscript!, necnon secundum vim et 
tenorem commissionis dicti Commendatarii mihi prefatO' 
commissario ad effectum prescriptum derecte, prout in 
eisdem plenius dicitur conteneri, cum potestate dicto 
reverendo patri suisve factoribus et procuratoribus pluribua 
vel uni cum dictis firmis annuls pensionibus pecuniarum 
summis ac aliis proficuis terrarum ecclesiarum et molen- 
dinorum predictarum libere et pacifice intromittendi et 
desuper ad sue voluntatis libitum disponendi annuatim et 
terminatim in futurum quoad vixerit secundum tenorem 
dicte provisionis apostolice sibi desuper concesse et 
reservate : Proviso quod casu quo annue pensionis seu 
redditus wulgariter the yeirlie malis dictarum terrarum de 
Kylismur Barmuir molendinorum et proficuorum earundem 
exceptis grangia lie manis nuncupata et exceptis dictis 
molendino et quatuor prediis wlgariter nuncupatis Hauch 
mylne et le Bowsteidingis supradictis extendant ad 
majorem summam seu majores summas ultra seu supra 
dictam summam quadringentarum mercarum annuatim^ 
in hoc casu dictus reverendus pater infra tres menses 
proxime sequentes ejus regressuni ad partes Scotie per suas 
literas faciendas in debita forma sub ejus sigillo et sub- 
scriptione renunciabit quitclamabit et exonerabit tantum 
dictorum reddituum. wlgariter samekill of the yeirlie mali» 
dictarum terrarum et proficuorum ac molendinorum de 
Kylismur et Barmuir ac presentem assignationem earun-- 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 205 

dem eatenus quatenus firme seu annul redditus predict! 
extendant [sic] dictam summam quadringentarum mer- 
caruni monete regni predicti eatenus exonerabit ut supra, 
€t post hinc non intromittet in futurum cum majori summa 
nisi cum dicta sumnia quadringentarum mercarum de 
annuls pensionlbus reddltlbus seu flrmis wlgarlter malis 
antedictis, at pro eo quia hujusmodl annul redditus seu 
malis precise assignantur dicto reverendo patri pro dicta 
summa quadringentarum mercarum annuatim sibi solven. 
precise et interim ante regressum dlctl reverend! patris ad 
partes Scotie factores ejusdem refundat. iterim dicto 
Commendatarlo et suls factoribus dictam excrescentiam 
cum qua contlngerlt factores dlctl reverend! patris Intro- 
milttere ultra et cltra dictam summam quadringentarum 
mercarum annuatim de terrls et molendinis antedictis 
levandam, antedictl reverend! patris introitns ad re- 
cipiendum solutionem slve pensionis annue termini Sanctl 
Michaells proxime anno Domini etc. llj°. In et ad dictam 
assignatlonem annuorum reddituum predlctorum erlt in 
festo Sancti Martini In hyeme proxime Inde sequente, et 
ynetroltus solutionis ejusdem de fructlbus dicte ecclesle de 
Ochlltre erlt in festo Omnium Sanctorum anno Domini etc. 
lllj°. et post hinc hujusmodl annul redditus wlgariter lie 
fermis and malis leventur per dictum reverendum patrem 
seu ejus servltores annuatim ad termlnos usitatos et con- 
suetos : Ac proviso quod non obstante dicta asslgnatlone 
licltum erlt dicto Commendatarlo ad concedendum feodl- 
ftrmas locatlones rentalla imponendum et extraponendum 
wlgarlter irvput and output tenentes et flrmarlos dictarum 
terrarum molendlnorum et eccleslarum adeo libera prout 
dictus Commendatarlus prlus facere seu concedere poterat 
ante confectionem dicte assignationls, at quod precipiet 
in futurum omnia et singula proficua que contlngant seu 
dicto domino Commendatarlo pertinent de hujusmodl 
terrls molendinis et eccleslis pro assedatione feodifirma seu 
gressuma earundem wlgarlter gerssme enter silver rentale 
silver pultre kane foulis arrage carage tennendrlls cum 
omnibus at singulis allis emolumentls earundem in toto 
vel in parte, sic quod dictus reverendus pater nullum 



206 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

habebit jus nee intromissionem cum hujusmodi terris 
molendinis et eeelesiis nisi cum dictis annuls redditibus 
wlgariter the malis dietarum terrarum molendinorum et 
ecclesiarum tantum prout hujusmodi terre molendina et 
ecclesia nunc locantur ; et casu quo ejusmodi terre ecclesie 
et molendina locantur pro majoribus summis seu majoribus 
proficuis seu in feodifirma sive in locatione ultra annuos 
redditus sive annuas pensiones et firmas wlgariter /or mair 
malis orfermes quam nunc de presenti solvant augmentatio 
et ex crescentia earundem perveniet ad dictum Com- 
mendatarium et sues successores : Ac proviso quod in 
omnibus locatione rentalis concessione seu quacunque alia 
dispositione brevi vel longo tempore dietarum terrarum 
ecclesiarum et molendinorum per dictum Commendatarium 
seu successores suos in futurum fiendis quod expresse 
provideatur quod hujusmodi firme annue pensiones et 
proficua predicta contenta in dicto contractu seu presenti 
assignatione solvantur prout occupatores et tenentes 
dietarum terrarum ecclesiarum et molendinorum dicto 
reverendo patri pensionario antedicto prout de presenti 
solvunt durante vita ejusdem secundum formam dicte sue 
provisionis apostolice et contractus antedicte. Et proviso 
quod non obstante dicta assignatione ut predicitur quod 
non erit licitum dicto reverendo patri ad faciendum quos- 
cunque factores ad recipiendum et levandum dictos annuos 
redditus et proficua altioris seu dignioris gradus quam dicti 
reverendi patris domestici familiares servitores nunc de 
presenti existunt seu altioris gradus quam servitores dicti 
reverendi patris fuerunt uUo tempore preterito post suam 
promotionem ad dictum episcopatum, et similiter quod non 
erit licitum dicto Commendatario seu ejus successoribus 
ad locandum dictas terras molendina ecclesias in toto vel 
in parte durante dicta assignatione in feodifirma locatione 
seu rentali nee desuper uUo modo disponere quibuscunque 
aliis personis nisi tenentibus nunc occupantibus earundem 
et nullis altioris seu dignioris gradus habentibus fortius jus 
seu lie hyndnes in seu ad hujusmodi terras ecclesias seu 
molendina, secundum usum et consuetudinemi dicti nostri 
monasterii ; et casu quo dictus Commendatarius per se 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 20r 

ipsum seu alios ejus nomine satisfacere et persolvere con- 
tingat dictam pensionem annuam mille mercarum dicto 
reverendo patri aut suis procuratoribus habentibus suam 
potestatem et facultatem ad eandem pensionem re- 
cipiendam ad terminos Divi Michaelis Archangeli et Pasche 
in dicta provisione seu bulla pensionis speciflcatos seu infra 
treginta dies post quemlibet terminii in futurum infra 
burgum de Edinburgh, in hoc casu non erit licitum rever- 
endo patri ac suis factoribus intromittere cum quibuscun- 
que summis seu firmis in dicta assignatione contentis ;. 
proviso etiam quod quamprimum contingerit dicto Com- 
mendatario deficere in solutione dicte pensionis annue 
summe mille mercarum antedicte infra trigenta dies post 
quemlibet terminum, quod in hoc casu post hinc erit 
licitum dicto reverendo patri et suis factoribus libere intro- 
mittere cum terminorum Sancti Martini et Penthecostes 
annuis redditibus et firmis wlgariter finnes and malis^ 
antedictis proxime exinde sequentium post terminos 
solutionis in dicta bulla provisionis resignationis pensionis 
antedicte contentos, etc. Et similiter cum proficuis 
ecclesie de Ochiltre in futurum durante vita dicti reverendv 
patris secundum tenorem dicte sue buUe provisionis, sic 
quod non erit licitum post hinc dicto Commendatario 
secludere seu excludere dictum reverendum patrem a sua 
intromissione cum hujusmodi suis fermis annuis redditibus 
proficuis dictarum terra,rum ecclesiarum et molendinorum 
antedictarum in dicto contractu specificatis in futurum,. 
quamvis dictus Commendatarius offerre velit solutionem 
dicte pensionis annue post hinc, sed quod dictus Episcopus 
et factores in futurum intromittant cum hujusmodi 
firmis et annuis redditibus propter defectum solutionis dicte- 
pensionis annue ad certum terminum ; cum omnibus aliis 
talibus [?] rebus in dicta assignatione contentis, secundum 
tenorem dicti contractus. Ac item quod dictus reverendus 
pater renunciabit quitclamabit et exonerabit omne jus et 
interesse quod ipse habere poterat virtute dicte assigna- 
tionis in et ad summam tricentarum mercarum levan^ 
annuatim de fructibus dicte ecclesie de Ochiltre quam- 
primum contingat dictum Commendatarium ad deliber^ 



208 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

andum dicto reverendo patri aliam sufficientem assigna- 
tionem sub simili securitate et simili forma in quocunque 
•alio loco ad discretionem et arbitrium dicti reverendi patris 
seu ad inveniendum dicto reverendo patri sufficientes 
cautionarios dominos hereditarios actitatos in libris Consilii 
S. D. N. Regine et pro annua solutione dicte summe 
tricentarum mercarum ad consuetos terminos prout dicta 
summa tricentarum mercarum solita fuit persolvi et pro 
dicta ecclesia et quod dictus reverendus pater acceptabit 
•dictam assignationem in completam satisfactionem et 
solutionem dicte sue pensionis mille mercarum annue et 
pro omnibus terminis futuris sic quod non erit sibi licitum 
ad exigendum et prosequendum dictum Commendatarium 
pro solutione dicte sue pensionis annue nee ad utendum seu 
exequendum processus excommunicationis nee ad de- 
privationis penam nee quascunque alias penas in dictis 
suis buUis provisionis contentas ob non solutionem hujus- 
modi pensionis in futurum. Proviso etiam quod dictus 
Commendatarius non fecit nee faciet in futurum pre- 
judicium dicte assignationis seu actitationes cujus con- 
tingat aliquod obstaculum seu impedimentum dicto 
reverendo patri oriri ad habendum seu recipiendum bonam 
et gratuitam solutionem omnium punctorum in presenti 
assignatione contentorum ; et casu quo dictus Com- 
mendatarius uUo tempore preterito fecit seu in futurum 
facere contingat quodcunque prejudiciale presenti assigna- 
tioni seu quare contingat dictum reverendum patrem 
habere illud obstaculum seu impedimentum, quod in hoc 
■casu prout extunc et e contra non obstante dicta assig- 
natione licitum erit dicto reverendo patri ad utendum suis 
processibus in dictis suis bullis provisionis apostolice 
pensionis antedicte ob non solutionem hujusmodi pensionis 
annue pro omnibus terminis futuris post datam dicti con- 
tractus contra dictum Commendatarium et suos suc- 
cessores adeo libere sicut presens assignatio facta non fuerit, 
excepta duntaxat summa tricentarum mercarum pro uno 
anno proxime sequenti datam dicti contractus de ecclesia 
parochiali de Ochiltre seu fructibus ejusdem alias per 
dictum Commendatarium exposit. ; et quod non obstante 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 209 

<dicta assignatione dictus reverendus pater tribuat et solvat 
pro rata sue pensionis suam partem ominum impositionum 
"contribucionum taxarum et onerum quaruncunque facien- 
dorum seu imponendorum dicto monasterio de Melrose 
omni tempore futuro post confectionem dicte assignationis 
propter quascunque causas seu actiones occurrentes seu 
•contingentes post hinc unde aliqua pars dicte pensionis 
minor seu major inventa fuerit defalcanda et redigenda ad 
majorem summum seu contributionem secundum formam 
«t tenorem dicte buUe provisionis apostolice pensionis 
antedicte adeo libere sicut dicta assignatio facta non fuerit 
«tc. Proviso etiam quod dictus reverendus pater in 
futurum non faciet aliquam contributionem seu defalca- 
tionem dicte sue pensionis annue in toto vel in parte pro 
reparatione et edificatione dicti monasterii alias combusti 
•et distructi nee pro quibuscunque aliis causis seu actionibus 
preteritis datam dicti contractus precedentibus, et quod 
confectio dicte assignationis pro solutione dicte pensionis 
in futurum non faciat magis seu fortius jus dicto reverendo 
{patri] penes dictum suum titulum provisionis sue antedicte 
ultra jus jam sibi nunc acquisitum vigore dictarum suarum 
literarum apostolicarum, et quod dicta assignatio non pre- 
judicet dicto Commendatario nee faciet eidem obstaculum 
seu impedimentum ad effective prosequendum annulla- 
tionem reductionem et cessationem dicte pensionis annue 
magis quam prius potuit ante confectionem dicte assigna- 
tionis seu pensionis appunctuamenti, etc. Et quod dictus 
Commendatarius actitabit se per suum commissarium seu 
procuratorem infra datam dicti contractus et octavum 
•diem Septembris proxime sequentem ad deliberandum 
dicto reverendo patri summam tricentarum mercarum 
monete predicte pro solutione primi anni assignationis 
predicte de fructibus dicte ecclesie de Ochiltre viz. centum 
■et quinquagenta mercas die primo mensis Novembris 
proxime sequentis anno Domini etc. lij°. et aliam summam 
•centum quinquagenta mercarum monete Scotie predicte 
infra hinc et primumdiem mensisMaii anno Domini etc. liij°. 
Proviso etiam quod casu quo contingat dictum Commen- 
datarium persolvere dicto reverendo patri dictam summam 
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quincentarum mercarum ad festum Divi Michaelis proxiine 
sequens anno Domini etc. lij°. vel infra trigenta dies 
proxime inde sequentes pro plenaria et integra solutione 
illius termini solutionis pensiojiis antedicte, quod tunc in 
hoc casu idem Commendatarius non tenebitur persolvere 
dictam summam centum quinquagenta mercarum pro- 
quibus contingent [sic] eundem actitari persolvere dicto 
primo die mensis Novemberis, non obstante dicto acto ;: 
et similiter casu quo contingat eundem commendatarium 
persolvere dicto reverendo patri dictam summam quin- 
centarum mercarum ad festum Pasche proxime sequens 
seu infra trigenta dies proxime inde sequentes in plenariam 
et completam solutionem dicti termini, quod tunc in hoe 
casu non tenebitur persolvere dictam sununam aliam quin- 
quagenta [sic], mercarum pro qua contiagat eundem 
actitari persolvere dicto primo die mensis Mali, non 
obstante dicto acto ; ac proviso quod confectio dicti con- 
tractus seu actorum penes solutionem dicte summe trium 
millium mercarum pro dicta pensione omnium terminorum 
preteritorum quatenus dicto reverendo patri debetur seu 
quatenus per cum exigi poterat in preteritum, et similiter 
penes solutionem dicte summe tricentarum mercarum pro 
fructibus dicte ecclesie de Ochiltre penes solutionem sum- 
marum in dictis actis specificandis, non faciat magis ju& 
dicto reverendissimo patri penes titulum dicte sue pensionis 
annue plus quam idem reverendus pater de presenti habet 
virtute dicte sue provisionis apostolice ad eandem, et quod 
confectio dicte contractus et actorum predictorum desuper 
conficiendorum non prejudicent commendatario predict© 
nee faciat eidem aliquod obstaculum seu impedimentuxa 
ad prosequendum annuUationem invaHditatem re- 
ductionem et cessationem dicte provisionis apostolice penes 
reservationem dicte pensionis annue etc. prout latius in 
dicto contractu dicitur contineri, de data Parisiis die 
xiii". mensis Mali anno Domini j^^v'^liio. Ac demum 
proviso quod presens assignatio extendatur restringatur 
limitetur ac intelligatur in omnibus et per omnia con- 
formiter ad dictum contractum initum et factum Parisiis 
inter prefatum reverendum patrem Episeopum Candide 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 211 

Case ex una et dictum dominum Commendatarium partibus 
ab altera de data predicta, et quod eadem assignatio tantam 
habeat fidem vim et effectum ac si hujusmodi contractus 
date antedicte totaliter de verbo in verbum in presenti 
assignatione insertus fuerit in uberiori forma. In cujus rei 
testimonium presentibus manu mei commissarii antedicti 
necnon manibus predicti conventus subscribentis sigillum 
comune prefati monasterii de Melrose est appensum, apud 
etc' 

' Dominus Johannes Dury manu propria.' (f. 38.) 

{Translation, abridged in part) 

Contract between the Commendator [of Kelso and 
Melrose] and the Bishop of Whithorn. 

To all and sundry to whose notice these present letters 
may come, greeting in the Lord. Know ye that we A. B. 
as Conmiissary and procurator and as representing in that 
behalf a venerable lord, James, by divine permission per- 
petual Conunendator of the monastery of Melrose, and for 
the effect under written specially appointed, with express 
and unanimous consent of the convent chapterly assembled, 
the welfare and advantage of the said monastery being 
from all sides carefully considered and understood, after 
long discussion and mature deliberation, and for the 
removal of law-pleas and controversies between the said 
Lord Commendator and convent of the said monastery of 
Melrose on the one part and a reverend father Andrew, 
by the mercy of God, Bishop of Whithorn and of the 
Chapel Royal at Stirling, on the other part, regarding a 
yearly pension of 1000 merks of Scots money exigible and 
upliftable by him during his lifetime from the fruits of the 
said monastery, by apostolic authority reserved and ap- 
pointed for his use, have made, appointed and ordained, 
likeas by these presents we make, appoint and ordain the 
said reverend father in Christ, Andrew, Bishop of Whithorn 
and of the Chapel Royal at Stirling, pensioner foresaid, 
our undoubted and irrevocable cessioner, assignee and pro- 
curator in manner and to the effect as hereafter follows, 
viz., in and to the ' hale malis ' of all and whole the 



212 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

lands of Kylismure and Barmure, with pertinents, whether 
held in feufarm and in tack or in rental and without tack 
or any other wise, and in and to all and sundry yearly 
pensions or ' malis ' of the mills of the said lands, and in 
and to the profits of the manors or granges, called the 
* mains,' of the said lands, except the ' mains ' contained 
and described in the papal bulls for the said reverend 
father's pension, and excepting a mill called the Haugh 
mill and four meadows called 'the four bow stedingis,' viz. 
Blanekip, Blairmallauch, Overvallwod, and NetherwoUwod, 
which four meadows were formerly in the hands of the said 
monastery and plenished with their own goods at the time 
when the said reverend father, sometime abbot of the said 
monastery, demitted the said abbacy and was promoted 
to the said bishopric ; and this for satisfaction of the sum 
of 400 merks money foresaid ; and in and to the whole 
yearly pensions or ' hale malis and fermis,' of the lands of 
Monkland and mill thereof, and of all other lands and 
teinds in Carrick, with pertinents, belonging and pertainiog 
to the said monastery, and in and to all yearly pensions 
or ' malis ' of all lands in Nithsdale, with pertinents, and 
mills thereof, likewise belonging to the said monastery, 
together with 20 1. of ' ferme and yeirlie male ' of the half 
of the whole fruits of the kirk of Dunscore also pertaining 
to the said monastery, and in and to the sum of 300 merks 
money foresaid of yearly ' ferme and male ' of the kirk of 
Ochiltree, for which sum the said church or the fruits there- 
of were set in tack by the said monastery, and this in com- 
plete satisfaction and yearly payment in time coming of 
the whole yearly pension of 1000 merks for all the days of 
the lifetime of the said reverend father during the period 
of his papal bull and gift of pension foresaid ; beginning 
the payment of the said yearly pension at Martinmas next, 
and that for the term of Michaelmas following the date of 
these presents : Transferring in the said reverend father, 
and his procurators and factors in his name, all right, title 
of right, property and possession which the foresaid Com- 
mendator or we the said convent had, have or might have 
had in time coming in and to all and sundry fermes or 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 213 

yearly pensions and sums of money out of the lands, kirks 
and mills foresaid, during the hfetime of the said reverend 
father, in terms of a contract or appointment, dated at 
Paris, 14th May 1552, made thereupon between the said 
Commendator and the reverend father pensioner, and sub- 
scribed with their hands, and in terms of the commission 
directed by the said Commendator to me the foresaid 
Commissary for the effect foresaid, as in the same is said 
to be more fully contained ; with power to the said 
reverend father or his factors and procurators one or more 
freely and peaceably to intromit with the said fermes, 
yearly pensions, sums of money and other profits of the 
lands, kirks and mills foresaid, and to dispone thereupon at 
his pleasure, yearly and termly in time coming during his 
lifetime, in terms of the said apostolic provision made and 
granted to him thereupon : Provided that in case the yearly 
pension or maills of the said lands of Kylesmuir, Barmuir, 
mills and profits thereof, excepting . as aforesaid, shall 
extend to a greater sum than the foresaid sum of 400 
merks yearly, in that event the said reverend father shall, 
by his letters made in due form under his seal and sub- 
scription, within three months after his return to Scotland 
renounce, quitclaim and discharge so much of the said 
rents or yearly maills of the said lands, profits and mills of 
Kylesmuir and Barmuir as shall be in excess of the said 
sum of 400 merks presently assigned, and thenceforward 
shall not intromit with a greater sum furth of the said 
yearly pensions, rents or maills, than the said sum of 400 
merks, and his factors shall account to the Commendator 
and his factors for any such surplus year by year, his entry 
to the receipt of the said pension for the Michaelmas term 
1552 to be at Martinmas next, and his entry to the fruits 
of the kirk of Ochiltree to be at Alhallowmas 1553, and 
thereafter the same to be payable year by year at the terms 
used and wont. It is also provided that notwithstanding 
this assignation it shall be lawful to the said Commendator 
to grant feu charters, tacks, and rentals, and input and 
output tenants and farmers of the said lands, mills and 
churches, as freely as he was able to do before the making 



214 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of this assignation, and to uplift and receive from the said 
subjects all and sundry profits, tack duties, grassum, entry 
silver, poultry, kain fowls, arreage and carriage, etc., which 
pertain and belong to him, so that the said reverend father 
shall have no right to intromit with the said subjects 
further than for payment of his yearly pension foresaid ; 
and in the event of the subjects being leased for greater 
sums than they now pay, the increase and augmentation 
shall pertain to the said Commendator and his successors. 
It is also arranged that in any tacks or dispositions of the 
said subjects for longer or shorter periods it shall be ex- 
pressly provided that the said yearly pension shall be paid 
by the tenants and occupiers in the terms hereby ap- 
pointed during the lifetime of the said reverend father. 
Further, the said pensioner may not appoint as his factors 
for receiving the said annual rents and profits any person 
of higher degree than his present domestic servitors, or 
of higher degree than any servitors he had before his pro- 
motion, and likewise the Commendator and his successors 
may not set the said subjects in tack or rental to tenants of 
any higher degree or greater ' kyndnes ' than those tenants 
now occupying the same, conform to the use and custom 
of our said monastery. Again, if the Commendator or 
any in his name pay the said pension to the said reverend 
father or his factors at the terms of Michaelmas and Easter, 
or within 30 days thereafter, the pensioner shall not then 
have recourse to the rents and fruits above assigned, but 
only in the event of nonpajonent of the pension be entitled 
to intromit with these rents and maills for the Martinmas 
and Whitsunday terms thereafter respectively ensuing. 
Further, the said pensioner shall be held to resign his right 
of 300 merks furth of the fruits of the kirk of Ochiltree at 
such time as the Commendator shall make to him a 
sufiicient and similar assignation to some other place or 
shall find sufficient caution in the books of Council for 
yearly payment of the said sum of 300 merks. If at any 
time the Commendator make obstruction to the fulfilling 
of all the premises, the pensioner may take legal proceed- 
ings against him for performance thereof according to his 



CONTRACT WITH WHITHORN 215 

bull of provision, but a year must elapse as to the 300 merks 
payable from the kirk of Ochiltree and fruits thereof, 
-which have been otherwise farmed out by the said Com- 
mendator. Moreover, notwithstanding this assignation, 
the said reverend father shall pay his proportion, effeiring 
to his pension, of all taxes, contributions, levies and burdens 
imposed upon the said monastery of Melrose in time coming 
after the date of the said assignation for whatsoever cause 
or fact that shall arise ; provided however, that he shall 
not be liable for any contribution towards repair of the 
ruined and burned edifice, or for any actions or causes 
jprior to the date of this assignation. This assignation, 
moreover, shall not confer or imply any further title or 
strengthening of the right of the said reverend father 
beyond what is contained in his bull of provision, nor shall 
it militate against or prejudge the right of the said Com- 
mendator to pursue for reduction and cancelling of the 
said pension, further than if this present assignation and 
agreement had not been made. Also the Commendator 
shall enact himself between this date and 8th September 
next by his commissary or procurator to deliver to the said 
reverend father the sum of 300 merks for satisfaction of the 
first year's pension assigned furth of the kirk of Ochiltree, 
viz. 150 merks on 1st November next (1552) and 150 merks 
between then and 1st May 1553 ; which sums, however, 
shall not be so paid if the Commendator have made satisfac- 
tion of the full sum of 500 merks at either of the terms of 
Michaelmas or Easter as before arranged, or within thirty 
days thereafter. The payment of 3000 merks due to the 
said reverend father for bygone terms of his pension, and the 
payment of the foresaid 300 merks for the fruits of the kirk 
of Ochiltree, shall likewise not import a further title or 
strengthening of the pensioner's right beyond what is 
contained in his bull of provision, or prejudge the Com- 
mendator of his right to pursue as above for reduction of 
the said papal bull. And this assignation shall only extend 
and be limited, restricted, and understood in terms of the 
foresaid contract made at Paris between the said Com- 
jnendator and Bishop, and shall have as great faith and 



216 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

strength as if the said contract were word for word recited 
in the same. Li witness whereof to these presents, sub- 
scribed with the hand of me Commissary foresaid and the 
hands of the said convent, the common seal of the said 
monastery of Mehose is appended at ' etc' 

Sir John Dury, with my hand. 

gffoij". Februarii 1565. Dominus Thomas Mersar^ 
supprior monasterii de Melrose. D. Willielmus Filp, 
Johannes Hogart, Thomas Meyn, Johannes Watsoun, 
Alexander Bellanden, B&rnardus Bostoun, Johannes Four- 
h<yuse, conventus dicti monasterii, pesonaliter presentes,. 
dictus supprior exposuit in vulgari, that now laitlie it was 
done him and the convent foresaid understand that ane 
chertour with ane precept of the landis of Morhouslaw, 
pertening to thame in propirte as thair patrimone, was 
thiftuuslie and fraudfuUie et surrepticie seUt in favouris of 
Johne Hahburtoun and his airis, and quhair the said 
supprior and convent affermit thame to have bene convenit 
thairupoun afor and because the settin in few of the sadis 
landis conforme to that minute of chertour was express 
in grete hurt of the proffect of the place, thai all togidder 
dissentit, thairfor the said supprior and convent allegeand 
thame nocht consentand to the samyn bot aluterlie dis- 
sentand, protestit for annuUatioun and revocatioun of the 
said pretendit chertour sua fraudfullie and nocht heirefter 
to have place, strenthe, force, nor effect, bot all wayis the 
saidis landis to pertene to thame as properte to be disponit 
upoun heirefter as thai sail think expedient ; and presentlie 
Dene David Hoppringill grantit that he knew the seling of 
the said chertour and was present at the seling of the samyn 
and helpit thairto, allegeand it was my Lordis will, as 
Mr. Walter Balfour shew to him, and schew it nocht to the 
said supprior and convent ; upoun the quhilkis premissis 
the supprior forsaid protestit for all remed of law, and this 
present instrument to be extendit in uberiori forma. 
Super quibus omnibus dictus supprior in presentia conventus 
peciit a me notario subscripto instrumentum seu instrumental 
Acta erant hec infra .chameram Domini Willelmi Filp infra 



DISPUTE WITH COMMENDATOR 217 

infirmitorium hora tercia post meridiem aut eo circa presenti- 
bus ibidem Domino Andrea Wrycht, canonico dominicaliy 
Niniano Myldis, cum diversis testibus aliis ad premissis: 
vocatis pariter et rogatis.' (f. 41.) 

' Decimo nono Junii 1556. In mei notarii ordinis 
subscripti presencia personaliter constituti Dene Thomas 
Mersar [supprior] Melrosensis, Willelmus Philp, Alexander 
Bellenden, et Johannes Watsov/n, monachi et personaliter 
presentis [sic], dictus supprior nomine totius conventus 
exposuit ut sequitur in wulgari, that in the samyn place and 
within the samyn presens he with the hale comunite of 
convent being convenit to treit iipoun the besynes con- 
cemyjig the wele of thair place, and to that effect had put 
in writ certane articlis to have bene considderit be my Lord 
Commendatare thair maister being present, and effectuuslie 
desyrit my said Lord Commendatar as become to his Lord- 
ships dewitey to have put the samyn to executioun to the 
honour of God, wele of this place, and as his Lordship was. 
oblist be his promyss and utheris his letters obligatorioris ; 
quha displesandlie and with furiosite wald nocht reid the 
said articlis bot raif thame and cast thame doun at his 
[sic], and that because the said supprior and convent wald 
nocht sele and subscrive ane unressonable chertour of few 
of thair teniment and lugyne biggit be the sumptuus 
expenses of thair predicessouris and to mak alienation 
perpetuall thairof in favouris of Gilbert Balfour, burgess of 
Edinburgh, the quhilkis lychtlyness displesour, and in- 
descretioun the said supprior and brether requirit me notare 
underwrittin to be notit and gyf that herefter the said 
Gilbert Balfour be ony buyrd obtenis ony chertour or 
titill of rycht of the said supprior and convent that it will 
proced of compulsioun and that because as the supprior 
affermit gaif to him and the convent displesand wordis 
towart thair sustentatioun and lewing ; and heirfor pro- 
testis for annuUatioun gif sua happynnit of proceding of 
the said pretendit few be thair subscriptionis and sele of 
the samyn ; and ferther protestit for him and the convent 
and thair successouris for remeid of law, and requirit the 



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saidis articlis rewin to be inserit and copiat sa fer as thai 
may be knawin, and to be heirefter producit, quorum tenor 
■sequitur sub hoc forma : — ^My Lord, Thir ar the thingis nocht 
fulfillit conforme to your Lordships promiss and wryting. 
In the first, quhair within ane monethe efter the date of the 
samjm writingis all our commoun office houses, as con- 
ventuale hall quhair we suld eit, kytschia, baikhouse, 
fcrewhouse, malthouse, to have beyn raparit with all 
necessaris as efferis, throcht inlak of the samyn the con- 
ventuale observance and ordinar ar nocht kepit. 

' Item, quhair your Lordship hes nominat xvj breder to 
staoAfuturis temporibus for uphald of God service, and efter 
the last faderis deceis we requyrit your Lordship 
immediatlie therefter for admissioun of Georde Weyr, 
grantit be your Lordship for fulfilling of the numer forsaid 
for uphald of God service, and as yit na thing done thairto. 

- Item, quhair it was appoyntit betuix your Lordship and 
us that of the first and reddyest pament of the com- 
positioun of Kilismur by the xij^^ merkis assignit for the 
redemptioun of Langlie and Wolhousbyr v". merkis suld 
have bene gewin to ane bruther of the place being maister 
of werk for reparatioun of the kirk and dourtour[?] and 
uther placis quhair maist neid is, and without the kirk be 
reparit this instant sommer God service will ceise in 
winter. 

' Item, quhair your Lordship promist to have usit the 
•counsall of us brether towart the wele of this place, your 
Lordship in sum part hes usit the contrare in the disponing 
of the placis leid to my Lord of Glasgow quhare our greter 
neid is of our awin kirk and uther placis. 

' Item, quhair your Lordship suld have procurit all letters 
mecessar, viz. the Quenis confirmatioun under the priva 
sele, the ordinaris letters in four formis, for ratificatioun 
of your Lordships assignatioun, and as yit nocht fulfillit. 

* Item, quhair we lamentit the fraudfull seling of ane cher- 
tour of Murhouslaw in hurt of your Lordship and the place, 
quhair your Lordship promist to cause redeiyver the 
siamyn and the failyear to be tryit in the fraudfull seling 
thairof, and as yit nathing done thairto. 



FEUING OF KYLESMUIR 219 

' My Lord, thir premissis being fulfillit as ane part of your 
Iiordships promiss, to the honour of God, wele of this place, 
and as ane part of your Lordships dewitey, we salbe wele 
willing to your Lordship's plesour in all lefull and resson- 
able effaris to your Lordships wele and pi;offect and the 
profeit of the place. 

• And heirefter allegit that throcht dreddour of greter 
inconvenientis to be done be my Lord forsaid postponit 
the requyring of this instrument quhill efter his departing, 
and protestit for extending of this instrument in uheriori 
forma. Acta erant hec prope altare Sancti Johannis 
Baptiste Jiora decima ante merediem vel eo circa, presentibus 
ibidem Dominis Patricio Olifer et Alexandra Wrycht, 
■sacllanis, ad premissa vocatis pariter et rogatis. Ita est 
Radulphus Hudsoun monachus Melrosensis et notarius 
wdinis manu sua signat.^ (f. 41.) 

' Septimo Octobris anno Domini 1555 personaliter con- 

stituta honorabilis domina Ker, Domina de Cesfurd, 

resignit and gaif our to Thome Wallace all titill, rycht, and 
kjnidness that scho had hes or any maner of way may have 
in and to ane tenement and aker of land with thair pertin- 
ence lyand in Litil Fordell quhilk pertenit to umquhyle 
Thome [? James or Jhone] Smyth and left be him in legasy 
to the said Lady as scho alleges, and that for ane soume of 
money to be payt be the said Thome Wallace to the said 
honorabill Lady, and to be extendit in uheriori forma. 
Acta erant hec in ortum seu pomerium apud Hallidene circa 
horam secundam post meridiem, coram Domino Johanne 
Fourhotise et Roberto Wallace, cum aliis diversis.' 

(f.41.) 

' vf°. Febuarii anno Domini 1556. 

' Maister William Schaw requyren the Den Thomas 
Mersar, supprior, and certane brether of Melrose being 
thair present, viz. Den Jhone Hoggart, Den Ralphe 
-Hudson, Den Thomas Meyne, Jhone Watson, Alexander 
Bellenden, David Htoppringill, Bernard Bouston, Johannes 
Fourhouse, gyf upoun thair fre will thai consentit to the 
fewis of Kylismure to the tennentis thairof, the saidis 



220 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

brether grantit thai consentit to the said fewis sed con- 
ditionaliter sua that my Lord Commendatar fulfill all 
maner of thingis promist to the said brether be his obliga- 
tioun for delyverance of soumis of money to the reparation 
of the place of Melrose destroyt be the army of Ingland 
conform to the special! clause contenit in the said infeft- 
mentis, and als all uther thiagis for the quhUkis my Lord 
Commendatat become oblist conforme to his Lordship's 
letters gewin upoun the said appoynt[ment] and assigna- 
tioun for thair lewing, et alias non ; protestand in case the 
said sowmis of money be nocht delyverit nor yit all uther 
conditionis fulfillit be the said apppyntnaent, the saidis 
infef tmentis sa fer as the said supprior and convent may do 
to be null, and for tym and place to be revokit sa fer as 
may of [law].. Super quibus dictus supprior in presentia 
conventus peciit a me Domino Radulpho Hudsone notaria 
ordinis instrumentum seu instrumenta. Acta erant hec 
infra ecclesiam Melrosensem infra insulam Sancti Martini 
hora iaf^. [ante] meridiem, coram Mis testibus, Magistro 
Waltero Balfour, rectore de Lintoun, Domino WiUelmo 
Hammyltone, . . . Johanne Spotiswod, et dido conventu, 
Badulphus Hudsovm, monachus manu sua signaf 

(f. 41.) 

' The nynetene yeir tak of the kirk of Dunskore to 
Johnne Kirkpatryk. 

' Be it kend till all men be thir present letters us James 
be the permissioun of God Commendatar of the Abbayis 
of Kelso and Melrose and convent of the said Abbay of 
Melrose with ane consent and assent cheptourlie gadderit, 
the utUite of us and our said abbay of Melrose previdit and 
considerit, and for ane certane soume of money payit and 
delyverit to us be our weilbelovit Johnne Kirkpatrik of 
Alisland to the reparatioun beting and mending of our said 
Abbay of Melrose brint be our auld inymeis of Ligland, to 
have set and be thir present letters settis and for male 
lattis to the said Johnne Kirkpatrik of Alisland and 
Thomas Kirkpatrik his sone and apperand air and to the 
langer levand of thame tua and to the said Thomas airis 



TACK OF DUNSCORE 221 

male and assignais quhilkis failying to Robert Kirkpatrik, 
Roger Kirkpatrik, elder, William Kirkpatrik, Roger 
Kirkpatrik younger, Hary Kirkpatrik, Thomas Kirkpatrik 
and Rechert Patrik [sic] all brether to the said Thomas 
Kirkpatrik and sonnis to the said Johnne Kirkpatrik, 
ilkane broukand eftir utheris as thai ar ordourit and placit 
in this present tak, all and sundrye the teynd schevis 
frutis rentis proventis obventionis oblationis and emolu- 
mentis of our part of the paroche kirk of Dunskore siklyk 
as use and wount hes bene of before in all utheris our takkis 
thairof, lyand in Nithisdell within the schirefdome of 
Drumfreise, for all the space yeris and termis of nynetene 
yeris nixt and immediatlie following the feist of the In- 
ventioun of the Halie Croce callit Beltene nixt to cum efter 
the day of the date heirof, quhilk feist and terme of Belten 
salbe thair entre in and to the tak and assedatioun of the 
saidis teynd schevis frutis rentis proffeitis obventionis 
oblationis and emolumentis of our part of the said kirk 
siclyk as use and wount hes bene of befor as said is,, and 
therefter to indure and peceablie to be broukit be thame 
unto the ysche and full complete end of the saidis nyne- 
tene yeris, with power to the said Johnne Kirkpatrik of 
Alesland Thomas Kirkpatrik his sone and apperand 
air and to the langer levand of thame tua and to the 
said Thomas aires male and assignis quhilkis failyeing 
to the saidis Robert Kirkpatrik, Roger Kirkpatrik, elder, 
William Kirkpatrik, Roger Kirkpatrik younger, Hary 
Kirkpatrik Thomas Kirkpatrik and Rechert Patrik to 
intromet gadder and leid the saidis teynd schevis and 
thairupoun and upoun all uther furtis rentis proffettis 
obventionis oblationis and emolumentis of our part of the 
said kirk forsaidis during the saidis nynetene yeris to 
dispone at thair plesour frelie quietlie wele and in pece but 
ony revocatioun obstacle impediment or agane calling 
quhatsumever : Payand thairfor yeirlie during the saidis 
nyntene yeris the saidis Johnne Kirkpatrik Thomas 
Kirkpatrik his sone the longer levand of thame tua and the 
said Thomas airis male and assignais quhilkis failyeing the 
saidis Robert Kirkpatrik Roger Kirkpatrik elder William 



222 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Kirkpatrik Roger Kirkpatrik younger Hary Kirkpatrik 
Thomas Kirkpatrik and Rechert Kirkpatrik or ony of 
thame broukand as said is to us and our successouris 
abbottis or commendatoris and convent of our said abbay 
of Melrose the soume of tuentey pundis usuale money of 
Scotland at tua termis in the yeir videlicet the feist of 
Advincula Sancti Petri callit Lammes and Martimes in 
winter be ewin portionis alanerlie. And we forsuthe the 
saidis Commendatar and convent of the said abbay of 
Melrose and our successouris forsaidis the tak and asseda- 
tioun of all and sindry the frutis teynd schevis rentis 
proventis obventionis oblationis and emolumentis of our 
part of the said kirk siclyk as use and wount wes of befor 
in all utheris our takkis to the saidis Johnne Kirkpatrik 
Thomas Kirkpatrik his sone and to the langer levand of 
thame tua and to the saidis Thomas airis male and assignis 
faUyeing to the saidis Robert Kirkpatrik Roger Kirkpatrik 
elder William Kirkpatrik Roger Kirkpatrik younger Hary 
Kirkpatrik Thomas Kirkpatrik and Rechert Kirkpatrik 
ilkane of thame browkand in maner forsaid als frelie 
quietlie in all and be all thingis as is abonewrittin during 
the saidis nynetene yeris aganis all deidlie as law will sail 
warrand acquiet and defend. In witnes of the quhUk 
thing to thir present letters of assedatioun subscrivit with 
our handis the common sele of our cheptour of the said 
abbay of Melrose is to bunging, at our said abbay the sevint 
day of Aprile the yeir of God ane thowsand fywe hundrethe 
fourty and aucht yeris. {Sic subscribitur) James, Com- 
mendatar of Kelso and Melrose ; Thomas Merser, supprior ; 
Willehnus Philp ; Johannes Fourhouse ; Bernardus 
Bouston ; Kentigernus Piirwes ; Johannes Hogart ; 
Johannes Watsoun ; Thomas Meyn ; Ricardus Patersoun ; 
David Hoppringill ; Radulfus Hudsoun ; Alexander 
Bellenden. — The conventis compositioun for the samyn 
fourty pundis usuale money.' (f, 42.) 

Tack to Thomas Wod, elder, Thomas Wod, younger, 
and WUliam Wod, his sons, of the 40 s. land of ' Edmestoun 
Grange pertening to our walk mylln therof togidder with 



CHARTER OF MORISTOUNE 22a 

the onsett of the said mylhi and the gerss soumis pertenand 
to thame quhilkis ar exceppit in the Laird off Bass tak and 
assedatioun,' in the constabulary of Haddington for 19 
years for the yearly payment of 40 s. Dated 8th April 1550. 
At the end of the above contract there is a note dated 
18th May 1555 narrating that Thomas Wod appeared 
before the subprior and convent of Melrose and obliged 
himself notwithstanding any clauses in the above tack that 
he will use the said lands etc, in no other way than as his- 
father and others enjoying the same had used them before ; 
witnesses, William Ormestoun, William Wallace, Dande 
Viccaris, and others. (f. 42.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Cuthbert Cranstoun 
of Manis to John Cranstoun his son and Margaret Douglas,, 
his spouse, daughter of William Douglas of Quhitinghem,. 
in terms of their contract of marriage dated — 1555, 
and the lawful heirs of their marriage, whom failing, the 
heirs male of the said John Cranstoun bearing the sur- 
name of Cranstoun, and failing them the heirs female of 
the said John Cranstoun whomsoever, of the lands of 
Moristoune with the manor place, in the sheriffdom of 
Berwick, which he holds in feu farm from the Com- 
mendator and convent of Mehose, for the yearly payment 
of four merks as the old rent and 10 s. in augmentation, 
with duplication. Dated at the manor house of Manis, — 
1555 ; witnesses, John Cranstoun alias of Huntlie Woid,. 
David Hoppringill, David Gray ; Thomas Castallau and 
Alexander Castellaw. The charter of confirmation is dated 
at the monastery of Melrose, 6th July 1555, (f . 43.) 

' In Dei nomine. Amen, xxiif. Augusti 1555. Maister 
William Schaw, provest of Abimethy, and servitour to 
my lord Commendatar of Kelso and Melrose, exponit how 
that it wes appoyntit betuix the said reverend lord on that 
ane part and Andro Haig, laird of Bemersyde, on that uther 
part, that aucht discrete men, viz. James Hoppringill of the 
Tynnes, elder, Maister William Schaw, provest of Abimethy 
William Linlythquhow of Drygrange, and Den Raulphe 
Hudsoun, mounk of Melrose, nemmit for the part of the 



224 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

said reverend lord, and Dand Haliburtoun of Mertoun, Wat 
Haliburtoun in Dryburgh, George Hoppringill in Smalem- 

■craggis, and [sic], chosin for the part of the 

said Andro Haig of Bemersyde, suld considder the merchis 
betuix the landis of Rippethe and Crag as ane pertinentis 
of the said toun of Rippethe and the landis of Bemersyde, 
■quhilkis aucht discrete men the forsaid day comperand 
upoun the ground and tretand thairupoun, the said Maister 
William Schaw, provest of Abimethy, requyrit the said 
Andre Haig of Bemersyde gif he had ony boundand cherter 
or ewident that contenit the boundis and merchis betuix 
the saidis landis, quha playnlye affeirmit he had nane 
evident in that behalff, thairfor the said Maister William 
protestit that in sa far as my lord Commendatare forsaid 
and convent of Melrose had ane chertour of perambula- 
tioun specifying and contening the saidis merchis, and 
presentlie brocht and producit thair upoun the ground, 
that the samyn suld have place ay and quhill the said 
chertour of perambulatioun war reducit be ordour of 
justice, quhilk chertour of perambulatioun was of the date 
of the yeir of Our Lord jniiiijoxxv yeris under the selis 
of nobill worthy lordis and baronis, devidand the merchis 
betuix the saidis landis as efter foUowis, that is to say, 
Fra the Childe well abone passand up to the middis of the 
Threipleche to the standand stane, and fra the standand 
stane down the syk to the middis of the furd of Helden, 
^nd sua passand down the middis of the burn rynand 
aboute the bra and the dyk, the quhilk bray and dyke 
had quhylum a yet closand and opynand for the caring 
of the tymmer to the biging of the house of Dryburght, 
^nd sua fra the yet to the Hakkerstane corce, and this 
to all and sindry, etc. Quhilkis merchis was riddin be 
the forsaid four discrete men chosin be the said reverend 
Lord efter the tenour of the forsaid chertour of perambula- 
tioun efter thair knawlege, in presence of mony discrete 
and worthy men. Super quibus dictus Magister Willelmus 
■Schaw nomine dicti Commendatarii et conventus de Melrose 
a me notario ordinis Cisterciensis peciit instrumentum. 
Acta erant hec super marchiis dictarum terrarum hora prima 



CHARTER OF HARTSYDE 225 

post merediem anno die mense indictione et pontificatu quibus 
supra, presentibus ibidem honorabilibus viris, Andrea 
Haliburtoun, Domino de Mertoun, Waltero Haliburtoun, 
Johanne Bobsoun de Gledswod, Jacobo Hoppringill de 
Tynnes, Willelmo Linlythquhow de Drygrange, David Broun, 
cum diversis aliis.'' (f. 43.) 

Charter by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, confirming a 
charter by Henry Kempt of Thomastoun. with consent 
of Janet Dury, his wife, to George Hume of Spot and 
Katherine Hakkarstoun, his spouse, of the lands of Hart- 
syde in the constabulary of Haddington, to be held for the 
yearly payment of £40 with duplication and service at the 
three head courts. Dated Edinburgh, 7th February 
1540-41 ; witnesses, Mr. James Foulis of Colintoun, Lord 
Clerk Register, Henry Hoppare, Mr. Alexander Stevenson, 
Alexander Cokburne, John Colisoun, Henry Paslay, 
John Kiltra, John Broun and Mr. Thomas Keyne, notaries. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Melrose, 10th April 
1541, and signed by the Commendator and Richard Chatto, 
subprior, Robert Liddel, John Andersoun, Thomas Mersar, 
John Brounfeld, John Hogart, William Filp, John Four- 
house, John Watson, James Lythgow, David Hoppringill, 
Thomas Meyn and Bernard Boustoun. (f. 44.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George Hume, now 
of Spot as heir to his father the deceased George Hume of 
Spot in the lands of Hartsyde in the constabulary of 
Haddington ; dated 2nd September 1556. The precept 
is directed to James Shaw. (f. 45.) 

' Ane Rentall of Alexander Adam and Jonet Adam 
his sister. 

' We James Commendatare of the Abbayis of Kelso 
and Melrose be the tenour heirof admittis enteris and 
rentalis our lovittis Alexander Adam, Jonet Adam his 
sister germane, bairnis to umquhyle Mergret Wawker, 
as lauchfuU tenentis in and to ane onset yairde and kyll 
with the pertinentis lyand within the toun of Mauchling, 
quhilkis the said Mergret broukit of befor, and lyand 

VOL. III. p 



226 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

within the lordschip of KyUsmure and schirefdome of Air, 
and fra thyne furth to be broukit and joysit be the saidis 
Alexander and Jonet as lauchfuU tenentis efter the fredome 
and hberte of our rentall of our said abbay of Melrose, 
payahd thairfor yeirlie all malis carege dewiteis and dew 
service usit and wount. In witness heirof we have sub- 
scrivit this present testimonial! with our hand, at Air, the 
xj day of November in the yeir of God j°iv'= fyfty and 
fywe yeris. — James Cbmmendatare of Kelso and Melrose.' 

(f. 45.) 

Charter 1 to Agnes Drippis and John Sawars, her son, who 
have paid a sum of money towards the reparation and re- 
building of the place of Melrose, which was burned and 
destroyed by the old enemies of England in the time of the 
late war, of the 6 s. 8 d. lands in Nether Hoilhous which 
they presently occupied in the lordship of Kylismure, for 
the yearly payment of 6 s. 8 d. as the old rent, 3 d. for 
ar cages and carriages, 9 d. for bondage, and 2 s. 6. d^ in 
augmentation. Dated 1555. (f, 46.) 

Charter to Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, Lord Kennedy, of 
the 9 merklands of Largis, the 5 merk 6 s. 8 d. lands of 
Knokrawer, 5 merklands of Lagdalduf and the half merk- 
land of Largis extending in all to 20 merklands of the lands 
of Monkland in the bailiary of Carrik, presently occupied 
by the said Earl and his tenants, to be held by the said 
Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, and Margaret Kennedy, his 
spouse, and the survivor in liferent, and their heirs in fee, 
for the yearly payment of 20 merks as the old rent, with 
ten merks in augmentation, with duplication ; dated 
155-. (f. 47.) I 

Charter to Walter Kennedy and Margaret Chalmer, his 
spouse, and their heirs of the three merklands of Knokdone 
which James Kennedy in Knokdone, father of the foresaid 
Walter, now occupies, lying in the lordship of Monkland, 
and bailiary of Carrik, for the yearly payment of £3 with 



1 This and the subsequent charters are granted by James, Commendator of 
the monasteries of Kelso and Melrose, 



CHARTER TO MYCHELLS 227 

thirlage to the mill of Carwax [Corway] and duplication 
and service at the three head courts. Dated 22nd January 
1555-56. (f. 48.) 

Charter to John Clennen and Agnes Watsoun, his spouse, 
of a tenement with pertinents before the front door of the 
monastery of Melrose, between the tenement of the 
deceased John Watson on the South and the tenement of 
John Lorimer on the North, having the High Street on 
the West and the garden of the monastery called the 
Prenteyse yairds on the East, the said tenement containing 
20 ells and 20 inches in length and 7 ells 7 inches in breadth 
between the wall of the said monastery and the foresaid 
garden, together with an acre and half a rood of arable 
land lying in the Quarelhill at the West side thereof and a 
garden outwith the walls of our monastery, with pasturage 
for two cows in the commonty of Danzeltoun and a horse 
in the green yaird and Weirhill etc., for the yearly payment 
of 20 s., and 5 s. annually at Pasch for teind ale, with 
service at courts ; dated 17th March 1555-56. (f. 49.) 

Note of Admission or Rental of William Scott in Megehop, 
son of the deceased Wat Scott, to occupy the ten merklands 
of Warldlaw Bank within the lordship of Ettryk and 
Rowdono for the yearly payment in use to be made 
formerly, dated 11th September 1556. (f. 50.) 

Charter to George Mychell in Catrene and Bernard 
Mychell, his son, who have paid a sum of money towards 
the rebuilding of the place of Melrose lately burned by the 
English, of 12 s. lands of Nether Catrene, the 6 s. lands of 
Nether Katrene commonly called Kenstie, and the 8 s. 9 d. 
lands of Dalquhrain, extending in all to 26 s. 9 d. lands, 
which the foresaid George now occupies, in the lordship of 
Kylismure, to be held for the yearly payment of 26 s. 9 d; 
as the old rent with 12 d. for areage and carriage and 9 d. 
for bondage silver, also 12 s. for augmentation of the rentall, 
extending in all to 38 s. 6 d. [sic], with duplication, and 
suits of court at Mauchling, and thirlage to the mills of 



228 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Mauchling, also assisting in the defence of the monastery 
of Melrose against enemies ; dated 20th February 1555-56. 

(f. 50.) 

Charter to John Law in Dalsanguen, John Reid in 
Threipwood and William Huntare in Blairmannoch, 
curators of John Reid in Craigheid, who have paid a certain 
sum of money for the rebuilding of Melrose Abbey, grant- 
ing to the said John Reid in Craigheid the 13 s. 4 d. lands 
of Dalsanguen commonly called Creigheid which he and 
his curators now occupy in the lordship of Kylismure, for 
the yearly payment of 13 s. 4 d. with 6 d. for areage and 
carriage and 9 d. for bondage silver and 5 s. in augmenta- 
tion extending in all to 19 s. 7 d. with duplication, suits of 
court, and thirlage to the mill of Mauchling ; dated 20th 
February 1555-56. (f. 52.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Hamiltoun of 
Sanchar, knight, to William Hamilton of Glenmure, 
knight, his son and heir, and the heirs male of his body, 
whom failing, David Hamiltoun, son and heir of the de- 
ceased James Hamiltoun, ' my ' brother german and heirs 
male of his body, whom failing, Mr. Bernard Hamilton, 
' my ' brother german, and heirs male of his body, whom 
failing, George Hamilton, ' my ' brother german and heirs 
male of his body, whom failing, William Hamilton, ' my ' 
brother german and heirs male of his body, whom failing, 
Patrick Hamilton and heirs male of his body, whom failing, 
John Hamilton of Colmiskeith and the heirs male of his 
body, whom failing, the lawful and nearest heirs male of the 
granter bearing the surname and arms of Hamilton, of the 
lands of Over Some and Nether Some with the mills upon 
the said lands, the lands of Mosghewill with the mansion 
etc., and lands of Lymmerhauch with pertinents, the three 
inerklands of Grenokmains, the four merklands in Ovirwod 
called Linburne, the 3 mark and 11 s. lands of Dyikfeild, 
the 5 s. lands called McMichallis Bog, the 13 s. 4 d. lands 
called Monkhill, Jakkisfeild, Rouch, Aikar and Tua Stane 
Croce, with the mill of Milburne, mill lands thereof and 
astricted multures, with the lands of Barmuir, with the 



CHARTER TO HAMILTONS 229 

dams in the Loch of Loichlie and elsewhere where it has 
been customary to take water for the said mills, with the 
mill lades, in the lordship of Kylismure, for the yearly 
payment for the lands of Some and mills thereof 16 merks 
with service in the baUie courts at Mauchlin ; for the lands 
of Mosghewill 12 merks 6 s. 8 d. ; for the lands of Grenok- 
mains 4 merks, Linburne 3 merks 11 s., Dykfeild 5 s., 
McMichaUis Bog 13 s. 4 d., Monkhill, Jakkisfeild, Rouch, 
Aikar and Tua Stane Croce with the mill of Milburne, 33 
merks ; and for the lands of Lymmerhauch £4, with dupli- 
cation ; also paying at the same time to the convent the 
sums of 4 merks for Over and Nether Sorn, 40 s. for Moss- 
gavil, 20 s. for Lymmerhauch, and £4, 16 d. for the rest. 
Dated Edinburgh 26th January 1556-57 ; witnesses, John 
Ballentyne of AuchinnuU, Lord Justice Clerk, Mr. Barnard 
Hamilton, George Hamilton, brothers to the granter, Robert 
Farquhar, John Spottiswod in Fowlair, and Sir Thomas 
Reith, chaplain. The charter of confirmation is dated 
21st February 1555-6. 

Charter by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, to John Dwry of 
the lands of Lymmerhauch in the lordship of Kilismure 
and shire of Ayr, paying yearly £4 and 40 s. of aug- 
mentation with court service at Mauchlin and with 
duplication; dated Melrose, 10th March 1539-40. (f. 11. )i 

Charter by James, Commendator of the monasteries of 
Kelso and Melrose,^ to John Bell, son of Thomas Bell in 
Ballachmylle, of the 5 s. lands of Nethirwod in said lord- 
ship which formerly belonged to John Reid in Grenok- 
toun, resigned by him at Mehose, paying yearly 5 s. as the 
old rent, with 2| d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bond- 
age silver and 22| d. for augmentation extending in all 
to 7 s. 10 d. with duplication, and with three suits of 
court at the head courts at Mauchlin yearly, thirlage to 
the mills of Mauchlin, and the inhabitants being obliged 



^ This and the ten subsequent entries are taken from a different part of the 
MS. volume. 

^ Subsequent charters are similarly granted by James, Commendator of the. 
monasteries of Kelso and Melrose, unless otherwise stated. 



230 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

to defend the monastery of Melrose against enemies ; dated 
at the said monastery, 18th June 1557. (f. 13.) 

Charter to WiUiam Bell, son of Thomas Bell in Ballauch- 
mylle, of the 4s. 6 d. lands of Over Eschew Burne in said 
lordship which belonged to John Reid in Grenoktoun, 
resigned byTiim ; paying yearly 4 s. 6 d. as the old rent, 
2 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 
20 d. in augmentation extending in all to 7 s. 1 d, with 
duplication, service at the three head courts at Mauchling, 
thirlage to the mills of Mauchling and assisting in the de- 
fence of the monastery ; dated 18th June 1557. (f. 14.) 

Charter to William Hamilton of Glenmure of the 15 s. 
lands of Grenoktoun presently occupied by Andrew Watt 
and William Watt, brothers, and the 6 s. 8 d. land of 
Reidwray, to be held by the said William Hamilton of 
Glenmure, knight, and William Hamilton, his son and heir 
apparent and the heirs male of his body, whom failing, 
John Hamilton, second son of the said Sir William and the 
heirs male of his body, whom failing, Robert Hamilton, 
third son of the said Sir William and the heirs male of his 
body, whom failing, to any heirs male of the said Sir 
William, whom failing, to David Hamilton, son and heir 
apparent of the deceased James Hamilton in Bogwod and 
the heirs male of his body, whom failing, Mr. Bernard 
Hamilton, father's brother of the said Sir William, and the 
heirs male of his body, whom failing, George Hamilton, 
brother german of the said George [?] and the heirs male 
of his body, whom failing, Patrick Hamilton, natural brother 
of William Hamilton of Sanchar, knight, and the heirs 
male of his body, whom failing, John Hamilton and the 
heirs male of his body, whom all failing, the nearest heirs 
male of the said Sir William bearing the arms and surname 
of Hamilton within the kingdom of Scotland, for the pay- 
ing yearly of and augmentation of 8 s. Id.; dated 

20th February 1555-56. (f. 15.) 

Charter to John Spottiswod and his heirs male, namely, 
William Spottiswod, his eldest son, and heirs male of his 
body, whom failing, John Spottiswod, his second son and 
heirs male of his body, whom failing, the heirs male of the 



TENANTS OF LESSUDDEN 231 

body of the said John Spottiswod, elder, whom failing, 
Hugh Spottiswod, his brother german and heirs male of 
his body, whom failing, William Spottiswod of Mossgeile 
and heirs male of his body, whom failing, the lawful and 
nearest heirs male of the said John whomsoever, of the 
10 s. 10 d. lands of Newtoun and Oxinschaw and the 
26 s. 8 d. lands of Gershillis extending in all to a 37 s. 6 d. 
land paying yearly 53 s. 5J d. ; dated 20th February 
1555-56. (f. 15.) 

' Memorandum, quinto Februarii anno Domini rrfv" 
quingentesimo quinto : Maister Walter ressavit ane 
chertour of Gibbe Young with ane precept contenit thair- 
into of xiiij s. ij d. land ; item, ane chertour of Jhone Boyd of 
thre schilling land in Kenste ; item, ane chertour of George 
Farchar in Over Katryne of xxj s. vj d. land.' (f. 15.) 

' The tennentis of Lessiddyn ^ ef ter the generall clause : — 

' Thorn Broun ane quarter of land payand thairfer yeirlie 
of male novem solidos et iij d. with uther clausis generall. 

' Nycholl Thurbrand in half husband land payand 
xviij s. vj d. 

' Moungho Gibsoun ane quarter of land payand ix s. iij d. 

' Thomas Jamesoun thre quarteris of land payand 
xxvij s. et ix d. etc. 

' David Mutar in half ane land payand xviij s. vj d. 

' Andro Patoun ane quarter of land payand ix s. iij d. 

' Johnne Couchren half land payand thairfor xviij s. 
vj d. etc. 

'James Cot in ane quarter of land payand thairfor 
ix s. iij d. 

' Johannes Pursell in ane quarter of land, payand thair- 
for ix s. iij d. 

' Martyne Gibsoun in ane quarter of husband land 
ix s. iij d. 

' George Pawtoun in ane quarter of land payand thairfor 
ix s. iij d. 

' Jacobus Purwes ane quarter of husband land payand 
thairfor ix s. iij d. 

' This rental contains the names also of the grantees mentioned in the 
charters immediately following. 



232 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

' Thome Spense in half husband land payand thairfor 
yeirlie xviijs. vj. d. 

• ' Carta Katrine Purwes,filie Bobsrti Purwes, de Integra 
una quarta parte terre hushandie cum ceteris clausulis 
generalibus, solvendo annuatim ix s. iij d. 

' Carta Johannis Cunray de una quarta parte terre 
hushandie etc. nunc occupate per Johannim Huntar 6t 
olim per Jonetam Huntar alias Weir, aviam dicli Johannis 
Cunray, solvSndo annuatim ix s. iij d. cum ceteris clausulis,' 

(f. 17.) 

Charter to Marion Andersoun in liferent and Alison 
Richartsoun, her daughter, and her heirs heritably of half 
of a husbandland with toft and the garden lying in Lessud- 
wine occupied by the said Marion (reserving the fishings of 
the Water of Tweed, stone quarries, etc.) which half 
husbandland formerly belonged to Mr. Henry Sinclare, 
Dean of Glasgow, our cousin,^ in feufarm and was resigned 
by him ; paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., with 12 d. for two 
poultry, thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, with court 

service and duplication ; dated at the said monastery 

1556. (f. 19.) 

All the following lands were resigned by Mr. Henry 
Sinclair, and the notes on the charters are abbreviated 
accordingly. 



^ Henry Sinclair was second son of Sir Oliver St. Clair of Roslin, son of.the 
second marriage of William, third Earl of Orkney [Scots Peerage, vol. ii. p. 334). 
He viras admitted a Lord of Session on 13 November 1537, and was appointed 
Canon Rector or prebend of Glasgow on 16 December 1538 [Laing Charters, 
No. 428). In 1541 he obtained the office of Commendator of the Abbey of 
Kilwinning. He was president of the Court of Session in 1544. In 1550 he 
exchanged the Commendatorship of Kilwinning with Gavin Hamilton for the 
Deanery of Glasgow. He was ambassador to England and Flanders. In 
July 1549 he obtained a charter of the lands of Lessudden from the Commen- 
dator of Melrose (Acts and Decreets, vol. iv. fol. 182) as heir to his brotherj 
Arthur Sinclair, who had a crown charter of these lands on 29 August 1539 
(Great Seal, vol. 1513-46, No. 2195). In 1560 he became Bishop of Ross. 
He died in France on 2 January 1565. The term 'cousin' possibly refers 
to the fact that his grandfather Wm. Sinclair, Earl of Caithness, 'The 
Waster,' was a son of Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of Archibald, fourth Earl 
of Douglas by Lady Margaret Stewart, daughter of King Robert HI. (Scots 
Peerage, vol. ii. p. 333). 



LANDS RESIGNED BY SINCLAIR 233 

Charter to John Dodis of a quarter of a husbandland 
with toft and garden presently occupied by himself, also 
a house with gardens in Lassudwine presently occupied by 
Allan Haig, with same reservations as in preceding charter, 
paying yearly 9 s. 3 d. and 6 d. for one poultry, with thirl- 
age to the mill of Neutoun, court service and duplica- 
tion ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 20.) 

Charter to Marian Cochrane in liferent and Christian 
Stoddart, her daughter, and Robert Brydin, her husband 
and the survivor of them and their heirs male or female 
in fee, of 1| husbandlands with toft and garden in Lassud- 
wine presently occupied by them, (with same reservations) 
paying yearly £3, 4 s. 9 d., 3 s. 6 d. for seven poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Neutoun, service at courts and 
duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 21.) 

Charter to David Gastoun of 1 J husbandlands with toft, 
croft and garden in Lessudwine now occupied by himself, 
with same reservations, paying yearly 46 s. 3 d., 2 s. 6 d. 
for five poultry, thirlage to the mill of Neutoun, ser- 
vice at courts and duplication ; dated 22nd February 
1556-57 ; signed by the Commendator, Thomas Merser, 
subprior, William Philip, John Hoggert, John Watsoun, 
David Hoppringill, Thomas Meyn, Mungo Purwes, Ralph 
Hudsoun, John Fowrrois, and Bernard Bowstoun. (f . 22.) 

' Charter to James Thorbrand called of the Style, in 
liferent, and James Thorbrand, his son, in fee, of | of a 
husbandland with garden in the town of Lessudwyne occu- 
pied by the said James (with same reservations), paying 
yearly 26 s. 9 d. with 18 d. for three poultry, thirlage to 
the mill of Newtoun, and duplication ; dated 22nd 
February 1556-57. (f. 55.) 

Charter to John Gibson of two husbandlands with 
gardens in the town of Lessudwyne, occupied by the said 
John Gibson (with same reservations), paying yearly 
£3 14 s. and 4 s. for eight poultry, with thirlage to the 
mill of Newtoun and duplication ; dated 22nd February 
1556-57. (f. 56.) 



234 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to James Unys of a husbandland with garden in 
the town of Lessudwyne occupied by himself (with same 
reservations), pajdng yearly 37 s. and 2 s. for four poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, with duplication, 
etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 57.) 

Charter to John Hunter of a husbandland with garden 
in the town of Lessudwjnae occupied by himself (with same 
reservations), paying yearly 37 s., 2 s. for four poultry, 
thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication, etc. ; 
dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 58). 

Charter to David Stoddart of a husbandland and the 
half of a husbandland with garden in the town of Lessud- 
wyne occupied by himself (with same reservations), paying 
yearly 55 s. 6 d., 3 s. for six poultry, with thirlage to the 
mill of Newtoun, and duplication, etc. ; dated 22nd 
February 1556-57. (f. 59.) 

Charter to Walter Jamesoun, elder, of a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwyne occupied by himself 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 37 s. with 2 s. for 
four poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and 
duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 60.) 

Charter to Walter Jamesoun, younger, of half a husband- 
land in the town of Lessudwine occupied by himself (with 
same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two 
poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplication, 
etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 61.) 

Charter to William Jamesoun of | of a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwin occupied by himself 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 27 s. 9 d., 18 d. for 
three poultry, and thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplica- 
tion, etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 62.) 

Charter to James Stodart of Ij husbandlands with 
garden etc., in the town of Lessudwin occupied by himself 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 46 s. 3 d., 2 s. 6 d. 
for five poultry, thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and 
duplication etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 64.) 

Charter to Symon Jamesoun of half a husbandland with 



LANDS RESIGNED BY SINCLAIR ^35 

garden occupied, by himself (with same reservations), 
paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry, thirl- 
age to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication etc. ; dated 
22nd February 1556-57. (f. 65.) 

Charter to David Richartsoun of half a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwin occupied by himself (with 
same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two 
poultry, thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication 
etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 66.) 

Charter to Thomas Richertsoun of half of a husbandland 
with garden in the town of Lessudwin, occupied by himself 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. 
for two poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and 
duplication etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 67.) 

Charter to Laurence Lethane of f of a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwyne occupied by himself, 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 27 s. 9 d., 18 d. 
for three poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Melrose, 
duplication, etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 68.) 

Charter to" Patrick Reidall of f of a husbandland with 

garden etc. in the town of Lessudwin, occupied by himself 

(with same reservations), paying yearly 27 s. 9 d., 18 d. for 

three poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and 

_ duphcation ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 69.) 

Charter to William Richertsoun, son of Katherine Bauld, 
of a half husbandland with garden in the town of 
Lessuddwin, occupied by himself (with same reservations), 
paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry, with thirl- 
age to the mill of Newtoun duplication etc. ; dated 22nd 
February 1556-57. (f. 70.) 

Charter to David Gibsoun of a half husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwyne, occupied by himself 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 18s. 6d., 12 d. for 
two poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplica- 
tion, etc. ; dated 22nd February 155(5-57. (f. 70.) 

Charter to James Thurbrand of Ij husbandlands with 



236 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

garden in the town of Lesudwin occupied by himself (with 
same reservations), paying yearly 46 s. 3 d., 2 s. 6 d. for 
five poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplica- 
tion, etc. ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 71.) 

Charter to Helen Hendirsoun, widow of John Cott, in 
liferent, and to John Cott, heritably, of half a husbandland 
in the town of Lesudwin presently occupied by the said 
Helen (with same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 
12 d. for two poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, 
and duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 72.) 

Charter to John Cot, clerk, of half a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lessudwyne occupied by himself, 
(with same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. 
for two poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and 
duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 73.) 

Charter to Thomas Kyle in Hill of a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lesudwin, occupied by himself (with 
same reservations), paying yearly 37 s., 2 s. for four poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplication, etc. ; 
dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 74.) 

Charter to Richard Cott, son of the deceased Richard 
Cott, of half a husbandland with garden in the town of 
Lesudwin, presently occupied by himself (with same 
reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, duplication, etc. ; 
dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 75.) 

Charter to John Cott, son of the deceased William Cot, 
of a husbandland with garden in the town of Lesudwin, 
occupied by the said John Cot (with same reservations), 
paying yearly 37 s., 2 s. for four poultry, with thirlage 
to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication etc. ; dated 
22nd February 1556-57. (f. 75.) 

Charter to Marian Crawfurd in liferent and Thomas 
Kyle, her son, heritably, of a husbandland with garden in 
the town of Lesudwin (with same reservations), paying 
yearly 37 s., 2 s. for four poultry, with thirlage to the mill 
of Newtoun, and duplication ; dated 22nd February 
1556-57. (f. 76.) 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 237 

Charter to John Kyle of a half husbandland with garden in 
the town of Lesudwin occupied by himself, under same reser- 
vations, paying yearly 18s.6d., 12d. for two poultry, with 
thirlage and duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. 

(f. 76.) 

Charter to John Riddell of half of a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lesudwin occupied by himself (with 
same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two 
poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and duplica- 
tion ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 77.) 

Charter to William Thurbrand called of the Style, of 
half a husbandland in the town of Lesudwin occupied by 
himself (with same reservations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 
12 d. for two poultry, with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, 
and duplication ; dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 77.) 

Charter to David Purves, of half of a husbandland with 
garden in Lesudwin, occupied by himself (with same re- 
servations), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication ; 
dated 22nd February 1556-57. (f. 78.) 

Charter to George Kyle, of half a husbandland with 
garden in the town of Lesudwin (with same reservations), 
paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry, with thirl- 
age to the mill of Newtoun, and duplication, etc. ; dated 
22nd February 1556-57. (f. 78.) 

[Note. — ^A folio containing the beginning of the follow- 
ing rental seems to be missing in the MS.] 

Est Theviotdaille. 
Georg Ker. 

Gatschaw . . . • vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

The tenentis. 

Hownumgrange . . . x li. 

The tenentis. 

Cliftoun coit . . . • vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

The tenentis. 

Sowthcoit .... iiij E. 
The Lard of Cesfurd. 

Antounbume . . . . xli. 

Summa xxxvij li. vj s. viij d. 



238 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Uggjmnis. 



Robene Davidsoun 


, 






Falset vli. 


The Trowe 






. vli. 


Coklaw . 






. vij li. X s 


Capilrodrige 






. vli. 


Iveschaw 






. vij li. X s 


Preistneis 






. vli. 


Sourhoip 






. vli. 


Raschaw 






. xli. 


Summa 1 li. 


The landis in the Merge. 


Hassyntoun Mainss . . . v li. xv s. 


Barluy . . . . . Iv s. 


The four landis of Hassentoun . xxx s. 


The Cleikland . . . . xx s. 


Pittillishouche 






. vli. 



' Set in few in anno lv° and 
augmentit xl s. et sic 
summa annuatim xviij li. 
Summa xviij li. 

Lammermuir. 

In few to the Lard of Bass. 

Panschelis, Preistislaw, Kingsyd 
Freiredykis and Winter- 
scheildykis 
In few to Lard of Spot. 

Hartsyd. .... 

Summa Ixx li. 



xxx li. olim xxj li. 



xl li. olim xl merkis. 



Tueddelle. 

Tracquair . . . . x s. 

James Tenent, sone and air to 
umquhille Patrick Tenent. 

Hairhoup . . . . xv li. olim x li. 
The Law (? lege Laird) of Drummelzair, 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 239 

. iij li. vj s. viij d. 



Hapcartane . 
Somerwale, Lady Drummelzair. 
Kingildoris. 
Wolfclid 



. viijli. 

. liij s. iiij d.augmentit 
iij s. ix d. 
Summa xxix li. xij [sic] s. ix d. 



Ettrik. 

— Scot of Tuschelaw. 

Glenkery 
■ — Scot of Mungerhop. 
Mogerhop 

— Scot in Thrilstane. 

Ettrikhous 
Auld Hob Scot of Riskynhoup. 

Schorthoup 
Vil Scot of Migerhoup. 

Fawhoup 
Thome Jonstoun. 

Langhoup 

Kirkhoup 
Robert Scot of Bonytoun. • 

Espyhoup 

Stobeclouch . 
Robert Scot of Schastaine. 

Craige . 

Ramseclouch . 

Thrilistane 

Suntima Ixvj li. 

Rowdono. 
Robert Scot of Bowhill. 

Langbank . . . . 

Quhithoup . . . . 

Litillhoup . . . . 

Mekillehoup . . . . 

Summa xxv li. 



iiij li. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vii. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 
vli. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 
iiij li. vj s. viij d. 

ijK. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 



vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

vii. 

vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 



240 



MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 





Ringwodfeild. 






Young Robert Scot of Alanehauch. 






The Burgh . . . . 


iiij li. 




Syme Scot and Johne Scot, sonnis to 






the guidman of Alanehauch. 






Stobecoit . . . . 


vj li. 




Adam Scot of Alanehauche. 






Ringwodhat . . . . 


vli. 




Sym Scot of Fernih and Arche Ellot 






of Gorumbery. 






Bowandhillen 


v.li. 




Grangia alias Stanyhetoun 


iiij li. 




Robert Ellot of Reidhuche. 






Preistishauch .... 


vli. 




Penangushoup . . . . 


vli. 




Walter Scot and Vil Ellot callit 






Arche Wille. 






Westcoit . . . . 


vli. 




William Scot of Bowdon. 






Northous . . . . 


vli. 




The gudman of Syntoun and ■ 






Arche Ellot of Thirlis- 






houp. 






Sowdenrig . . . . 


vli. 




Caldcleuch . . . . 


iij li. vj s 


. viij d. 


Summa lij li. vj s 


. viij d. 




Eskdaille mure. 






Tholluquhaire . 


vj li. xiij 


s. iiij d 


Crurye . 








V li. vj s. 


viij d. 


Yetbyire 








vj li. xiij 


s. iiij d 


Newbyire 








XX li. 




Kyrkfauld 








iij li. vj s 


viij d. 


Cristelschaw 








iij li. vj s 


viij d. 


Blakescoit 








vj li. xiij 


s. iiij d 


Powdom 








iij li. vj s 


• viij d 


Powmonk 








iiij li. X s 




Powcleif 








iij li. vj s 


viij d. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



241 



Glendark 

Cassexe . 

Finglaine 

Awnlesk 

Mydlawheid 

Raburne 

Hauwod 

Myddilburne 

Tymmurhillin 

Johnnstoun 

Watcarrocoit 

The Todschawhillin 

Wattarikgrange 

Garwaldhous . 

Crakitheuch . 

Dunfedling 

Cubymburne . 

The Kirkland 



Summa 



. vj K. xiij s. iiij d. 

. vli. 

. vli. 

. vli. 

. vli. 

. xli. 

. xli. 

. iij li. vj s. viij d. 

. vli. 

. vli. 

. vj li. xiij s. iiij. d. 

. iij li. vj s. viij d. 

. xli. 

. vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

. vli. 

. iij li. vj s. viij d. 

. iij li. vj s. viij d. 

• iij li. vj s. viij d. 
j°lxiiij li. xvj s. viij d. 



De Edinburgh 
De Leith 
De Hadingtone 
De Glasgw 
De Pebhs 
De Selkirk 
De Jedburgh 
De Kinross 
De Perth 

De Aire . 
De Berwik 



Redditus burgorum 

. xxixli. 

. xxx s. 

. xxviij s. 

. XX s. 

. viij s. 

. 1 s. in few, olim xl s. 

. viij s. 

. xvj s. 

. iij li. olim ij li. xiij s. 

iiij d. 

. xxs. 

. Ixvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 
Summa j^vij li. xiij s. iiij d. 



Milnis that payis money. 

The gudwif of Quhit band. 

Langschawe myln . . . vj li. xiij s. iiij d. 

Newtone myll . - . viij li. 

VOL. III. Q 



242 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Honumgrange myll . . ij li. 

Wolgrange myll . . . ij li. 

Summa xviij li. xiij s. iiij d. 
The teynd schewis of Blainslie 

set to Robene Ormistoun 

for ..... xxvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 
Item, the teynd schewis of 

Apiltreleis set to the Lard 

Bukclewch for . . . x li. 

Summa hujus xxxvj li. xiij s. iiij d. 
Summa totalis onerationis 

pecunie ^ . . . j'^j^'xliiij li. xv s. iiij d. 

Buttere. 
In few to Robene Carncors. 

Colmislie, the owarside . . 1 stanis. olim Flok- 

raik. 
Johne Carncors and Sir Andro Caw 
(? Cair). 
Lawdopmyre, the neddersyd . Iv stanis. 

Summa of butter v'^'' v stanis. 

Saltpannis of Preistoun. 
The salt pannis of Prestoun 
payit to the plaice and 
careit be the plaice self . viij eh. salt. 

Frumentum de firmis. 
The Abbay milnis . . vj c. gernel met. 

The Westhous mey [sic] . . ij ch. gernell met. 

The Braidmedo . . . v b. gernel mett. 

Nieol Elles. 

The Almont Park . . . iiij b. gernel mett. 

The New Grange in Lammer- 

muir . . . .V ch. quhilk is less 

nor the gernel mett 
xb. 
Summa frumenti xiij ch. ix bollis. 



'■ As the beginning of the rental is lost, the summation reaches only about 
^676. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



243 



Ordeum de firmis. 



Newsteid .... 


X ch. 


Danzeiltoune . . . ^ . 


vj ch. 


Darnik . . . . . 


xiij c. 


Brigend .... 


i^ij b. 


Galtounsyd . . . . 


xvj ch. 


The Annay .... 


iij ch. 


The tenentis of the Annay 




talk and payit gressum ilk 


* 


V yeir for ilk akire . 


vs. 


Elistoun . . . . 


iij c. 


Moshouse . . . . 


J c. 


The Femaisteris landis 


xb. 


Priorwod . . . . 


ix b. cuntremeit, 




quod faciunt ex 




girnel meit xjb. ij f. 




iijpcis. 


The quheit yard 


iij b. 


Langmedo . . . . 


iij b. ij f. 


Elidouncoit . . . . 


vj b. 


Coityards . . . , 


Barne Meine pro 




officio the Wardaine 




akyr in Dernik j b. 


The Baithscheilhauche 


vj b. 


Elidoun, ane akir payis . 


jb. 


The Abbottis medow 


iij b. ij f. 


Buyklawis . ... 


ijb. 


Braidmedois, Mathow Hannay . 


j b. j f. 


James Fischare 


ijf- 


Henry Symsone 


jb. 


Item, the Souter croft olim 


ij ch. ordei. 


Item, Auld Melrose olim . 


j ch. iij b. ordei. 


Item, the teynd of Drygrange . 


ij ch. gernel meit. 


Summa ordei Ix 


ch. vj b. j f. iij p. 


Farina, de firmis 


, 


Elistoun .... 


iij ch. 


The Annay .... 


iij ch. j f. 



^44 



MELROSE REfiALitY RECORDS 



Galtounsyd 
The New Grange 

Priorwod . 



Langmedo 

The Hauche at the Brigand 
Item, the Souter Croft olim 
Item, Newfurd hauch olim 
Item, Auld Melrose olim . 

Summa farine 



, j ch. 

. iij ch. less nor gernel 

meit iij b. 
. ix b. cuntre meit, 

quod facuint ex 

gernel meit x b. 

ij f. iij p. 
• jb.ijf. 
. ij b. 

. ij ch. farine. 
. xij b. farine. 
. XV b. farine. 
xiiij ch. ix b. j f. iij p. 



Avene de firmis. 

Moshouses . . . .iij ch. with ane ox or 

ellis xl s. 

Brigend . . . . ij c. ij b. 

Tyldhouse . . . . xb. 

Monkis medow . . . ij b., item ij fydder 

hay. 
Summa avenarum v ch. xiiij b. avenarum. 

Caynfoulis and cariage. 
Lessuden . . . . jc cayne foulis, item 

ane for cariage in 
winter and ane for 
cariage in symmer 
with other iij 
nerer. 

. Ix cayne foulis. 

. j° cayne foulis, with 
cariage conforme 
to Lessudden. 

. v''* cayne foulis, 



Elistoun 

Newtoun and Elidun 



NeWsteid 
Danzeiltoun . 
Damik . 



with siclik cariage. 
Ixxxviij with siclik 

caryage. 
v'^'' iiij cayne foulis. 



RENTAL OF ABBEYLANDS 



245 



Galtounsyd 
Redpeith 

Blainslie 
The Annay 
The Cowbill staik 
The Miln knowis 



jf* cayne foulis. 
Ixiij cayne foulis, 

with cariage. 
jc with cariage. 
iiii'^'^xiiij caponis. 
vj caponis. 
xxiiij caponis. 



Off mony 



Off quheit 
Of beire 
Of meile 

Of aittis 
Of caponis 
Of pultre 
Of butter 
Of salt . 
Of peittis 
Of cariages 



Summa vij^'lv cayne foulis, 
item vj^^^'^iiij caponis ; 
item, of Threipwod xx 
foire leid of peittis ; item, 
of landis in sex dawerkis 
of peittis. 

Summa totalis onerationis 
sive rentalis de Melrose 
annuatim as is allegit be 
the Comptar quhilk is 
abone specif eit, by the 
teindis except the Dri- 
grange : — 



1. XV s. 



. j'^joxliiij 
iiij d. 
. xiijch. ixb. 
. Ixj ch. vj b. j f. iij p. 
. xiiij ch. ix b. j f. 

iij P- 
. V ch. xiiij b. 

• i'^iiij- 
. vij<=lv. 
. v'^'^v. stanis. 
. viij ch. 
. iiij^xl leiddis. 
. vj^ and V by lyme 
and peittis. 

And this subscriwit without prejudence gif ony 
forther rentale may be heid, (ff. 23-25.) 



246 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



Register of the Evidents of the Monastery of 
Melrose granted by James Douglas, Commendator 
thereof, and Alexander [Colville], Coimnendator of 
Culros, his Iconimus, Coadjutor and Administrator. 

1571-1594. 

[Note. — ^After July 1586, the grants are made by the 
Commendator of Melrose alone.] 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Agnes and EHza- 
beth Symon as heirs of the deceased Robert Symon of 
Dalquhene, their father, in the 8 s. 9 d. lands of Dalquhen 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir and shire of Ayr. Dated. 
TuUicultre, 16th September 1571 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert 
Lokart and Mr. Robert Coluile. (f. 1.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George Tunno as 
heir to his grandfather the deceased John Tunno of Reidvra 
in one merk of the lands of Milburn and 17s. 9d. of the lands 
of Reidwra in Barmure in said lordship. Dated Lochlevin, 
16th Octqbex 1571 ; witnesses, Mr. William Hendersoune, 
Robert Livingstoun and Jataes Drysdeill. (f. 1.) 

Charter, confirming a charter by John Reid, brother 
german of the deceased Robert Reid of Brintscheild to 
William Reid, brother german of John Reid of Balloch- 
myld of the 20 d. lands of Voulton occupied by John Adam 
in said lordship paying yearly 13 s. 4 d. as the old rent 
and 7| d. of augmentation with duplication at the entry 
of heirs and service at courts. Dated Natherfeild, 
8th June 1571 ; witnesses, Mungo Reid of Dumfork, 
James Reid and Mathew Reid, brothers. The charter of 
confirmation is dated Leith, 26th January 1571 ; witnesses 
Mr. William Hendersoun, James Drysdeill and Robert 
Livingston. (f. 2.) 

Charter, confirming an instrument of sasine given by 
the deceased William Reid of Merkland with his own 
hands to John Reid, his son and heir apparent, of the 
14 s. 6 d. lands of Oyerbrintscheild commonly called the 



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Markland in said lordship, dated 3rd October 1565, under 
reservation of his own hferent and the terce of Beatrix 
Mure, spouse of the said WiUiam, to which as witnesses 
appear, Andrew Chalmer, brother german of Ja;mes 
Chahner of Gaitgirth, John Arde in Holl, Robert Arde, his 
son, and John Rannold in Brintscheill. The confirmation 
is dated Leith, 26th January 1571 ; witnesses, Mr. WiUiam 
Hendersoune, Robert Livestoun and Charles Pantoun. 

(f. 4.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Reid as heir 
to the deceased John Reid in Dalsanguen in the 6 s. 8 d. 
lands of Dalsanguen in said lordship. Dated at Leyth, 
21st January 1571 ; witnesses, Mr. William Henrysone, 
James Drysdeall and Robert Lewingstoun. (f. 4.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Reid as heir 
to the deceased James Reid in Nether Meklewode, his 
father, in the 22 s. lands of Nether Meklewode commonly 
called Villokkish occupied by the said James Reid in said 
lordship, dated at Leyth, 12th February 1571 ; witnesses, 
Mr. William Henrysoune, Robert Levingstoun and Michael 
Reid. (f. 5.) 

Precept in favour of John Reid as heir to the deceased 
James Reid, his father, in the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Gresmeiles 
and 22 d. lands of Gresyairds in said lordship. Dated 
at Leyth, 21st January 1571 ; witnesses, Mr. William 
Henrysoune, James Drysdeall and Robert Livistoun. 

(f. 5.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet and Eliza- 
beth Gray as heirs to the deceased Luke Gray of Dal- 
quhrane, their father, in the 8 s. 9 d. lands of Dalquhrane 
in said lordship. Dated at Wester Cumrie in Culros, 
18th June 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Archibald 
Primrose in Culros, Alexander Chalmer, John Brand and 
Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 6.) 

Charter, confirming a charter by John Reid of Dal- 
dilling to George Reid, his son, of the £4, 5 s. Id. lands of 



248 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Daldilling presently occupied by himself and his tenants 
in said lordship, paying yearly £4, 5 s. Id. as the old rent 
and 3 s. 2j d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage 
silver and 31 s. 11 d. of augmentation with duplication 
at the entry of heirs and service at courts. Dated 
Daldilling, 27th March 1572 ; witnesses, Robert Reid, son 
of the granter, John Gemmil, notary, and Robert Jhone- 
stoun, his servitor. The charter of confirmation is dated 
at Vester Cumrie, 29th July 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert 
Coluile, John Capl'och, Robert Burrell and James Elphing- 
ston, brother german of the Laird of Elphingstoun. (f . 6.) 

Charter, confirming a charter by John Stewart, feuar 
of the lands of Eildone, to Cristine Vardlawe, his spouse, 
in liferent, of the lands of Eildone, in terms of contract of 
marriage between them with consent of Alexander Vard- 
lawe of Kilbabbartoun, paying yearly £26, 60 kain fowls 
and 60 carriages with three suits of court at the monastery 
of Melrose and thirlage to the mill of Melrose. Dated 
Edinburgh, 16th March 1567 ; witnesses, Henry Ward- 
lawe, notary, Charles Dixsone, servant to the granter, 
Archibald Miller and Adam Schoir. The charter of con- 
firmation is dated at Vester Cumrie, 1st August 1658 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Robert Colville, Adam Maistertoun, Robert 
Burrell and Henry Baverage. (f. 7.) 

Charter to Patrick Mure, now of Cloncard, of the lands 
of Craigskeane being a 43 s. 4 d. land in the lordship of 
Monkland, bailiary of Carrike and shire of Ayr, of which 
lands his predecessors have long been rentallers and 
occupiers, paying yearly 43 s. 4 d. and 3 s. 4 d. of augmenta- 
tion, with duplication at the entry of heirs, and service at 
courts. Dated at Vester Cumrie, in Cuhosshire, 1st August 
1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Adam Maisterton, 
Robert Burrell, John Caiploch and Henry Baverage, 
notary. (f. 8.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Hunter as 
heir to the deceased Stephen Hunter of Villiamlaw, his 
grandfather, in the five merk lands of Blainslie Nether 
with croft and garden, etc., and a part and quantity of 



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the said, land lying in rinrig occupied by the said Stephen 
and his subtenants, also two pendicles of the said lands 
called Bradwodsheill and Bradwodheid called Hous of 
Hill. Dated Edinburgh, 13th August 1573; witnesses, Mr. 
Robert Coluile, Alexander Coustoun and Robert Stewart. 
Note. He should pay for the five merk land of Blainslie 
five merks, for Bradwodheid two merks, and Hous in 
the Hill 8 s. 4 d., with 3| carriages and lOj poultry, (f. 8.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Hodge 
as heir of the deceased William Hodge in Mauchlinge, his 
father, in the 40 d. lands of Veltoun occupied by the said 
deceased William Hodge and Margaret Gray, his spouse, 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir and shire of Ayr. Dated 
Edinburgh, 13th August 1573 ; witnesses, Robert Coluile, 
etc. (f. 9.) 

, Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George Hall, as 
heir to the deceased Thomas Hall, his father's brother, in 
the tenement of 2| falls in breadth and 16 in length lying 
before the front gate of the monastery and on the South 
side of the High Street between the land of the deceased 
John Noitman on the West and the land of the deceased 
James Turnbull on the East and the lands of Quarrelhill 
on the South and the said High Street on the North, with 
an acre of arable land of the Quarrelhill and pasture for two 
cows in the commonty of Danzeltoun and of a horse or 
heifer in the Grein Yaird and Veirhill from the 1st April 
yearly till harvest, and for the remainder of the year where 
the animals of the monastery were in use to pasture, with 
right of peats etc. Dated Edinburgh, 1st November 1573 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Henry Baverage, notary, and 
Nicolas Bower. (f. 9.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Adame as 
heir to the deceased David Adam in Newtoun, his father, 
in the 10 s. 8 d. lands of Newtoun in the lordship of Kyllis- 
muir, paying yearly 16s. Dated Edinburgh, 3rd February 
1573 ; witnesses, Robert Farquher, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 9.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Walkar 



250 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

as heir to the deceased Richard Walkar, elder, in Bargoure 
Nether, his father, in the 6 s. 4 d. lands of Nether Bargoure 
in the said lordship. Dated Edinburgh, 13th March 1573 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, William Hendirson, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 10.) 

Charter to John Foggo in Grenoktoun, son and heir 
served to the deceased John Foggo of Grenoktoun, and 
to Elizabeth Richartson his spouse in conjunct fee, and 
their heirs and assignees, of the 10 s. lands of Grenok- 
toun presently occupied by them in the said lordship, 
paying yearly 10 s. as the old rent and 4| d. for arreage 
and carriage, 9 d. of bondage silver and 3 s. 9 d. of 
augmentation, with duplication at the entry of each heir, 
and service at courts at Mauchlene, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 
13th March 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, William 
Henrysone, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. 

(f. 11.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John McGawin 
as heir to the deceased John McGawin in the 13 s. 4 d. lands 
of Over Meklewode in the said lordship. Dated at Edin- 
burgh, 13th March 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Peter Prymrose, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, 
notary. (f. 11.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander Sawar 
as heir of the deceased Agnes Drippis, his mother, in the 
7 s. 6 d. lands of Nether Hoilhouse formerly occupied by the 
said Agnes in the said lordship. Dated Edinburgh, 13th 
March 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, William Hender- 
sone, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary, (f. 12.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mathew Richeard 
as heir to the deceased Andrew Richeard, his father, in the 
4 s. 6 d. lands of Nether Meikilwode formerly occupied by 
the said Andrew in the said lordship. Dated Edinburgh, 
13th March 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, William 
Henrysone, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. 

(f. 12.) 

Charter to William Caldwell of Lochirmoss of the 



LETTER OF BAILIARY 251 

31 s, 5 d. lands of Barmure called Duray in the said lord- 
ship which formerly belonged to Alexander Caldwell, 
burgess of Ayr, resigned, paying yearly 31 s. 5 d. as the 
old rent and 14 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage 
silver and 11 s. 9| d. of augmentation with duplication 
at the entry of heirs, service at the courts at Mauchline, 
thirlage to the mills of Mauchline, etc. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 25th February 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Mathew Gaw, Alexander Chalmer, Robert Quhyt and 
Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 13.) 

Letter of Bailiary by Andrew Durie, Postulate of the 
monastery of Melrose, appointing Walter Scott of 
Braxholm, knight, and the heirs male of his body, bailies 
of the lands of the monastery called Melrosland, Etrikheid, 
Rodonoland, Eskdailmuir, Ringwodfeld and Est Tiwidaill 
and Viggynis, also all and sundry other lands of the 
monastery (except the lands of Kyllismuir, Carrike and 
Nythisdaill) in fee and heritage for ever with power to hold 
courts etc., and assigning the rents of the lands for their 
fee and labours. Dated at the monastery of Melrose, 
17th Novemebr 1574 and signed by the Postulate and 
James Lythgow, Adam Hangitsyd, Robert Darling, 
Patrick Wrycht, Thomas Merser, James Riddell, Robert 
Liddell, Richard Chatto, Robert Wrycht, Thomas Blyth, 
John Massone, John Fischer, Richard Patersone, Thomas 
Meyne, John Hoggart, Nicolas Villiamsone, Ralph 
Drydene, Mungo Purves, Robert Hudsone, David Cavart, 
William Philp and John Brounsyde. (f. 13.) 

Precept of Clare Constat by the Commendator, in favour 
of William Gibsone as heir of the deceased Marion Sawer, 
his mother, in the 4 s. 4 d. lands of Over Bargoure formerly 
occifpied by the said Marion and Charles Sawer, her father, 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir and shire of Ayr. Dated 
Edinburgh, 1st March 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Peter Prjonrose, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, 
notary. (f 14.) 

Precept of Clare Constat by the Yconimus of Melrose in 
favour of Walter Scott of Branxholm, knight, as heir of 



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the deceased Walter Scott of Branxholm, knight, his 
grandfather, in the lands of Ringvodfeild and the office of 
bailie of Melrosland, Etrikheid, Rodonoland, Eskdailmuir, 
Estteviotdaill, and Vgginche and also the lands of 
Northouse and Thirlestane. Dated Edinburgh, 4th April 
1564. Note the whole lands of Ringvodfeld should pay- 
yearly ' by ' Northous and Thirlistane the sum of £27, and 
the said two towns paid formerly eight merks which he has 
heritably for his bailie fee. (f. 14.) 

Notarial Instrument, dated Edinburgh, 3rd April 1564, 
narrating that at the time of the delivery to Mr. Thomas 
Vastoun, advocate, of the precept of sasine abovewritten, 
sealed and subscribed by Alexander, Commendator of 
Culros, Yconimus of Melrose, in favour of Walter Scott, 
the said Yconimus protested that having done the same 
as bailie by precepts from chancery it should in no wise 
prejudice the Commendator of Melrose and his successors 
in any action of reduction thereof. This was done within 
the said Yconimus's chamber in Andrew Stewinson's land 
in Edinburgh about 12 o'clock ; witnesses, Mr. Mathew 
Gawe, Edward MicKiljhone, burgess of Edinburgh, and 
Robert Quhyt, servitor to the Commendator, Henry 
Baverage being notary. (f. 14.) 

Charter, confirming a charter by Mungo Cambell, younger 
of Bromsyd, to Janet Dunbar, daughter of John Dunbar 
of Blantyre, and her heirs whomsoever, of the merk land 
called the TentfiUingsyd, Cowperyaird and Knokscharie 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir, occupied by Archibald Cam- 
bell of Bromsyd, his father, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d. and 5 s. 
of augmentation ; dated at Interkin, 8th May 1567 ; wit- 
nesses, John Dunbar of Barmuir, John Hamilton, son of 
William Hamilton of Sanchar, knight, and William Dun- 
bar, son of the said John Dunbar of Blantyre. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 26th April 
1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Robert Quhyt, 
Edward Miciljohne and Henry Baverage, notary, (f. 15.) 

Charter, confirming a charter by John Beg to James 
Campbell and Helen Beg, his daughter, spouse of the said 



HAMILTON OF SANCHARE 258 

James Campbell, in conjunct fee and their heirs of the 
13 s. 4 d. lands of Glenbuk in said lordship which he 
is giving in dowry with his said daughter to the said James 
Campbell, paying yearly the customary duties. Dated 
Glenbuk, 31st March 1573 ; witnesses, Robert Campbell 
of Kingancleuch, John Jhoneston, son and heir apparent 
of John Johneston in Coitts, and John Gemmel, notary. 
The charter of confirmation dated Edinburgh, 10th May 
1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Edward Mikiljohne, 
Robert Quhyte and Henry Bav6rage, notary. (f. 15.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Hamiltoun 
heir to the deceased William Hamiltoun of Sanchare, 
knight, his father, of the lands of Over and Nether Sorn 
with the grain and fulling mills, the lands of Mosgavill, 
the lands of Lymmerhauch, the three merk lands of 
Grenokmains, the four merk lands in Ovirvod called Lin- 
bume, the three merk and 11 s. lands of Dykseill, the 5 s. 
lands called McMichaellsbog with their pertinents lying 
in said lordship, also in the 13 s. 4 d. lands called Monkhill, 
Jakisfald, Ruthaker and Tuastanecross in the burgh of 
Ayr and shire thereof, with the mill and mill lands of 
Milburne and astricted multures of the lands of Barmuir, 
with water rights in Lochley, and services of the tenants 
of Barmuir, also in the 15 s. lands of Grenoktoun and the 
6 s. 8 d. lands of Redwra in the shire of Ayr. Dated 
Edinburgh, 13th May 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Robert Farquhar, younger of Gillmiliscroft, Edward 
Mikiljhone, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. 
Note these lands as contained in the retour pay the duties 
following, — Over and Nether Some with the mills 16 
merks, Mosgavill £8, 6 s. 8 d., Grenokmains, Linburne, 
Dykfeild, McMichaels Bog, Monkhill, Jakisfald, Ruthaker 
and Tuastanecross and the mill of Milburne, £22, Limmer- 
hauch £4, Grenoktoun and Redwra 31 s. 3| d., in all 
£46, 11 s. 3 d. (f. 16.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Hugh Farchar as 
heir to the deceased Hugh Farchar in Crakistoun, his 
father, in the 20 s. lands of Redwra in Barmuir in the 



254 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

said lordship, paying yearly 28 s. 10 d. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 17th June 1574; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Mathew Gawe, David Wrycht, Edward Mickiljohne, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 17.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Bernard Farchar, 
as heir to the deceased George Farchar of Over Katherine 
in the 21 s. 6 d. lands of Over Kyllismuir in said lordship, 
paying yearly 31 s. 2 d. Dated Edinburgh, 17th June 
1574 ; same witnesses. (f. 17.) 

Obligation by Homer Maxvell of Portarrakn, arrating 
that the deceased James, Commendator of Melrose, 
granted a charter to his deceased father in liferent and to 
James Maxvell, ' my ' brother, and his heirs of the 20 s. 
lands of Glengunzok in the barony of Dunsheir and shire 
of Dumfreise, dated 29th March 1554, which charter wanted 
through negligence the common seal, and as Alexander, 
Commendator of Culros, has now caused the common seal 
to be put to the said charter at the date hereof, he obliges 
himself that the same shall be in no way prejudicial to him 
or James, Commendator of Melrose, in respect of any 
question that may arise thereanent. Dated Ediaburgh, 
last June 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. John Moscrop, advocate, 
Thomas Blair, his servant, John Tailzer and Henry Baver- 
age, notary. (f. 17.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet Richeard 
as heir of the deceased Thomas Richeard, her father, in 
the 15 s. lands of Nethervode called Harvode in the lord- 
Ship of Kyllismuir, Dated Vester Cumrie, 26th July 1574 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Robert Burrell and Robert 
Quhyt. (f. 18.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Andrew Paterson to 
Mathew Reid of the 8 s. 9 d. lands of Dalquhram 
paying 8 s. 9 d. as the old rent, 4 d. for arreage and 
carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 3 s. 3 J d. of augmen- 
tation with duplication and suits of court and thirlage to 
the mill (date not given). The confirmation is dated 
Cumrie, 10th July 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Robert Quhite and Robert Burrell. (f. 18.) 



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Note of another Charter of Confirmation of a charter 
by the said Andrew Paterson to the said Mathew Reid of 
the 4 s. 4| d. lands of Dalquhrani held for payment of 
6 s. 7 d., dated as the last. (f. 18.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Elizabeth 
Symone, as heir to her deceased sister, Agnes Symone, 
daughter and one of the three heirs portioners of the de- 
ceased Robert Symone of Dalquhram, in the 35 d. lands of 
the 12 s. 9 d. lands of Dalquhram, paying yearly 4 s. 4 d. 
Dated 1st September 1754 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Robert Burrell and Robert Quhyte. (f. 18.) 

Charter to the Commendator's father, William Douglas 
of Lochlevin of the following lands, occupied by the 
following parties : the 30 d. lands in Brigend 'of Bargour 
presently occupied by John Vode in the lordship of Kyllis- 
muir, and the 5 s. lands by Archibald Patoun, the 7 s. 6 d. 
lands in Bargoure formerly occupied by Robert Walker, 
the 7 s. 6 d. lands by William Smyth, the 2 s. lands by 
Malise Law, the 33 s. 4 d. lands by Elizabeth Tait, the 
13 s. 4 d. lands by Ninian Ketht, the 3 s. 4 d. lands by 
John Maxvell, the 3 s. 4 d lands by William Fischer, the 
3 s. 4 d. lands by John Law, the 5 s. lands of Bargowre 
by Malise Law, the 17 s. lands by John Johnstoun, the 22 s. 
lands by John Bowie and William Lambert, the 4 s. 4 d, 
lands by William Sawer and Alexander Gibsone, the 6 s. 
lands by David Stewinsone alias Fowler, the whole of the 
said lands in Bargoure extending to a £6, 15 s. 6 d. land ; 
also the 58 s. lands of Montgarsuod by George Campbell 
and his subtenants, the 40 s. lands of Nether Quhithaucht 
by William Campbell, tutor of Sesnoke, the 42 s. lands of 
Auchinbraine by Hugh Campbell and his subtenants, the 
18 s. 6 d. lands of Auchmilling by Richard Sawer, also the 
13 s. 4 d. lands of Barboicht by Richard Campbell, the 
17 s. lands of Auchmunnoche by the said Richard and his 
subtenants, the 10 s. lands of Auchmunnoche by George 
Broun, the four merk lands of Over Blaksyde by the fore- 
said William Campbell and Patrick Makilvernocht, Francis 
Wode and John Broun, his subtenants, those four merk 



256 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

lands of the Hall of Bublanvod by Adam Douglas of 
Vattersyd and Thomas Gibsone, the four m.erk lands of 
Auldhousburne by James, George and Gilbert Campbell 
and the Laird of Gaitgirth, the 20 s. lands of Dernehunche 
[? Dernehauche] by William Carmichell, David Broun and 
Ninian Gawe, the 32 s. lands of Cowfaldshawe by Mungo 
Campbell of Brownsyd and Mungo, his son, and Willam 
Gray, and the four merk lands of Midilfeild by James Reid 
and his subtenants, extending in all to a 44 merk 13 s. 
land in said lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 44 merks 
and 13 s. as the old rent and 22 s. 6 d, for arreages and 
carriages being 6 d. for each merk land thereof, and 33 s. 
9 d. for bondage silver being 9 d. for each merk land, and 
£11, 5 s. of augmentation, with duplication, service at 
courts, and thirlage to the mills of Mauchline. Dated 
Edinburgh, 1st July 1575 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, 
Robert Houburne, Peter Douglas, James Drisdaill, Alex- 
ander Baverage and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 18.) 

Precept of Sasine by the Iconimus, in favour of Walter 
Scot now of Braxholme as heir served to the deceased 
Walter Scot of Braxholme, knight, his great-grandfather, 
in the lands of Apiltreleis, Meirbank, Souttercroft, Cartleis 
and the half of Halkburne in which John Hunter now 
dwells ; dated at Edinburgh 14th June 1575. . (f. 20.) 

Another Precept of Sasine to the said Walter Scot of 
Branxholme as heir to his deceased father, Walter Scot of 
Branxholme, knight, in the tower called Hassindenetour 
or Monkstour, the lands of Ringwodfeld and office of 
bailiary of Melroseland, Ettrikhade, Rodonaldland [sic], 
Eskdailmuir, Eist Teuedall-land and Vginche, also of the 
lands of Northhous and Thirlestane as of the said office 
of bailiary ; dated Vester Cumry, 15th October 1574. 

(f. 20.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Bell of Middilthrid 
to Andrew Bell in Barquhois, his brother, of the 5 s. lands 
of Middilthrid in Netherwod in the lordship of Kyllismuir, 
paying yearly 5 s. and 2^ d. for arreage and carriage, 
9 d. for bondage silver and 22| d. of augmentation with 



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duplication, service at courts, and thirlage to the mills 
of Mauehline. Dated Barquhois, 24th August 1571 ; 
witnesses, John Spottiswode of Fowlar, Robert Vilsone 
in Barquhois and Walter Angus. The charter of con- 
firmation is dated Edinburgh, 4th November 1574 ; wit- 
nesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Edward Mikiljohne, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 21.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George Michell as 
heir to his father the deceased Andrew Michell in the 6 s. 
8 d. lands of Dalsanguen in said lordship. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 4th November 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluill, 
James Michell in Burnhade, Andrew Michell in Braheid, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 21.) 

Charter of Confirmation of a precept of sasine by Robert 
Campbell of Kingyancleucht and Elizabeth Campbell, his 
spouse, in favour of James Michell of Burnhade, of the 30 d. 
lands of Netherwode extending to half of a 5 s. lands now 
occupied by William Richeard in Harvode, in said lordship. 
Dated Kingyancleucht, 24th July 1565 ; witnesses, Andrew 
Michell of Braheid, Robert Campbell, brother german of 
John Campbell in Sandhill, Robert Miller in Hauch and 
Thomas Caldow. The precept is directed to William Reid. 
The confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 4th November 1574 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, John Durie, minister, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 22.) 

Precept of Clare Constat in favour of David Durie as 
heir to his father the deceased John Dury of Curdnyse in 
the lands of Curdnyse in said lordship, held by the said 
deceased John Dury from William Barclay ; also in the 
lands of GarpoU belonging to the said deceased William 
Barclay in said lordship, paying yearly for Curdnyse eight 
nierks and for GarpoU six merks with the other duties 
used and wont. Dated Edinburgh, 21st February 1574 ; 
witnesseSj Mr. Robert Coluile, Mathew Gawe, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 22.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Elizabeth Symone, 
daughter of the deceased Robert Symone in Dalquhram, 
to Andrew Miller in Muirmilne, of the 5 s. 10 d. lands of 

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258 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Dalquhram occupied by John Bege in the Said lordship, 
paying yearly 5 s. 10 d., 2 d. for arreage and carriage, 
6 d. for bondage silver, and 2 s. 2d. of augmentation, 
with duplication, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 13th March 
1574 : witnesses, Mr. Mathew Gaw, David Wrycht, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 23.) 

Charter to Mr. John Bartan and Janet Legat, his spouse, 
daughter of the deceased John Legat, lastfeuar of the 
subjects aftermentioned, of that craig where formerly was 
built the saltpan called the Middilpan and granary thereof, 
namely the westmost vault lying among the salt pans of 
Prestonpans between our salt pan called Panhill on the 
east, our other salt pan called the Vestmestpan on the 
west, the common highway on the south and the extreme 
ebb of the sea on the north, in the barony of Ahamir, 
constabulary of Haddington and shire of Edinburgh, 
paying yearly 12 bolls of salt. Dated Edinburgh, 4th 
January 1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Mathew Gaw, Peter Douglas, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 23.) 

Note of Charter to John Hamiltoun and Helen Bissait, 
his spouse, and their heirs, of that craig on which the salt 
pan called Panhill was built by the said John Hamilton 
at his cost and the granary thereof, namely the house 
called the Stabill adjoining our houses called the Voults, 
occupied by the possessors of our other three salt pans 
there, lying among the salt pans of Prestonpans between 
the salt pan called the Midilpan on the west, our salt pan 
occupied by Walter Hall on the east, the highway on the 
south, and the sea ebb on the north, in the said barony, 
dated and attested as the last. (f. 24.) 

Note of Charter to Robert Hamiltoun, son of the Laird 
of Preston, of the craig and salt pan built thereon called 
Westpan, built at his expense and occupied by him with 
the granary thereof, lying in the salt pans of Prestonpans 
between the midilpan on the east and the salt pan occupied 
by Walter Hall on the west, the highway on the south, 
and the sea ebb on the north, dated and attested as the 
last. (f. 24.) 



MAUCHLINE CHARTERS 259 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James 
, Hodge as heir of the deceased Janet Hodge, his brother's 
daughter, in the 35 d. lands of Veltoun occupied by Bridget 
Fischer in the lordship of Kyllismuir paying yearly 
24 s. 2 d. etc. Dated Edinburgh, 6th March 1574 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Mathew Gaw, David West, Robert Quhyt 
and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 24.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Thomas Rannald in 
Mauchline to George Reid, merchant in Mauchline, of the 
9 d. lands of Veltoun called the Coitleyis in said lord- 
ship, paying yearly 6 s, 8 d., and 4 d. of augmentation 
with duplication at the entry of heirs, etc. Dated 
Mauchline 29th March 1574 ; witnesses, Robert Gilmure, 
younger, John Ronald, Mungo Vilsone and Mr. Peter 
Primrose. The charter of confirmation is dated Edin- 
burgh, 10th May 1574 ; fitnesses, David Wrycht of 
Langsyd, Mr. Peter Primrose, Robert Quhyt and Henry 
Baverage. (f. 24.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Andrew 
Allan as heir to his father the deceased William Allan in 
Maucheline in 6| acres of arable land in the town of Mauche- 
line occupied by the said deceased William Allan, and two 
acres of meadow and pasture in the Mosuard and a small 
piece of the peatary of Capilmoss belonging to the said 
acres with houses, barn and gardens, etc., upon the said 
lands in the town of Mauchline, also a small garden some- 
time occupied by the deceased Robert Caldwell, likewise 
a merk land in Veltoun and 10 s. land called the Yet and 
the 10 s. lands of the east half of Knokscharie and the 
13 s. 4 d. lands of Conolley with a small piece of the peatary 
of Capilmoss belonging to them, also common pasture in 
the commonty of Mauchline, extending in all to an 11 s. 
8 d. land, lying within the £10 lands of the Mains of Mauch- 
line in said lordship, paying yearly five merks 11 s., etc. 
Dated Edinburgh, 10th March 1574. (f. 25.) 

Note of a Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John 
Reid as heir to his father, Adam Reid of Barskimming, in 
the 40 s, lands called Monkard sometime occupied by the 



260 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

said Adam, and the 40 s. lands of Quhithauch sometime 
occupied by Robert Arkill and Craig in said lord- 
ship, held for the yearly payment of £4, 7 s. 9 d., etc., 
dated as the last precept. (f. 25.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Adam 
Reid as heir to his father's brother, the deceased John 
Reid of Auchmullinghill, in the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Auch- 
muUinghill occupied by himself in said lordship, pay- 
ing yearly 8 s., etc., dated as the preceding precepts. 
Certificate by Mr. Peter Primrose, minister at Mauche- 
line, that the said Adam Reid, brother's son to John 
Reid, foresaid, of Auchmullinghill, is nearest and lawful 
heir to the said deceased John Reid, his father's brother, 
and so has the best right to the lands, and that the 
other two, namely Andrew Allan and John Reid, are 
nearest and lawful heirs and sons to the persons aforesaid. 
This he testifies on his honour and fidelity, dated Edin- 
burgh, 10th March 1574. Signed Mr. Peter Prymrose. 
There is a note that a five years' tack has been granted to 
the said Mr. Peter and his heirs of the date foresaid, of five 
roods of ' unland ' at the east end of the town of Mauch- 
line with a half acre at the north side of the said town 
called the Green whereupon the butts stand, for payment 
of 8 d. (f. 25.) 

Charter to Walter Hall in Saltprestoun and Margaret 
Bissat, his spouse, in liferent, and Thomas Hall, their son 
and heir apparent heritably of that saltpan with the craig, 
houses and buildings and other pertinents thereof formerly 
possessed and occupied by the said Walter Hall, which was 
burnt and destroyed by the English and rebuilt by him at 
great expense, lying in the town of Saltprestoun between 
the salt pan of Gilbert Handerson on the east and another 
salt pan belonging to the said monastery formerly occupied 
by Elizabeth Hamilton and William Seytoun, her spouse, 
and now by John Hamilton on the west, the sea ebb on 
the north and the highway on the south, also a girnelhous 
called the Eistmestvolt of the said salt pan with houses 
and buildings formerly occupied by the said Walter Hall in 



KYLElSMUm CHARTERS 261 

the town of Saltpreston between the girnel house called the 
Stabills occupied by the foresaid John Hamilton on the 
east and the girnel house called the Vestmestvolt occupied 
by Mr. John Berton on the west, the common passage 
through the salt pans on the north and the highway on 
the south, in the constabulary of Haddington, paying 
yearly 12 bolls of salt. Dated Edinburgh, 14th March 
1574 ; witnesses, Mr. Mathew Gaw, David Vrycht and 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 25.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Patrick Bege, with con- 
sent of John Bege of Dalquhram, his father, to Mathew 
Reid in Blaksyde of the 35 d. lands of Dalquhram occupied 
by the said John Bege, lying in the lordship of Kyllismuir, 
in terms of disposition dated Carbello miln, 29th March 
1575, paying yearly 2 s. 11 d. and Ij d. for arreages and 
carriages, 3 d. for bondage silver and 12 d. of augmenta- 
tion, extending in all to 4 s. 1| d. with duplication at 
the entry of heirs ; dated Dalquhram, 2nd April 1575 ; 
witnesses, James Reid in Veluod, James Michell of Btu-ne- 
heid, James Reid in Hilar, George Reid of Brintscheill and 
Adam Reid of Hilar, John Gemmel being notary. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 27th April 
1675 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, Edward Milkiljohne, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 26.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Duncan in 
Logane as heir to the deceased Richard Duncan in Logane, 
his father, in the 18 s. 4 d. lands of Logane formerly 
occupied by the said deceased Richard in said lordship ; 
dated Edinburgh, 28th April 1575; witnesses, Mr. Robert 
Coluile, Andrew Michell, Robert Quhyt and Henry 
Baverage, notary. (f. 26.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Hodge in 
Gresyards to Thomas Boyne in Veltoun of the 35 d. lands 
in Veltoun occupied by Bridget Fischar and George Reid, 
her spouse, in said lordship, paying yearty 24 s. 6 d. with 
duplication at the entry of heirs, service at courts, etc. ; 
dated Sornehill, 11th April 1575 ; witnesses, Bartilmo 
Orok and John Cumming, fullars, and. James Davidsone 



262 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and John Birny. The Hferent of Bridget Fisehar is 
reserved. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
15th April 1575 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Coluile, John 
Hall, Edward Mikiljohne, Robert Quhyt and Henry 
Baverage, notary. (f. 26.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Traine to David 
Reid, son of Mungo Reid of Drumfrok, of the 5 s. lands of 
Vuer Mikilwod now occupied by John Veddell in said 
lordship, paying yearly 5 s. with 22 J d. in augmentation 
and duplication at the entry of heirs, etc. ; dated Nether 
Tempilland, IStlj July 1575 ; witnesses, Hugh Reid in 
Netherfeld and William Reid in Mauchleine. The charter 
of confirmation is dated Culros, 29th September 1575 ; 
witnesses, Henry Levingstoun, Edward Mikiljohne, Robert 
Burrell, Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. 

(f. 27.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Donald in 
Katherine to his father's brother, James Donald, of the 
3 s. lands of Katherine now occupied by John Wilson and 
Janet Vallece in said lordship, paying yearly 3 s. 1 J d. for 
arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 13-|- d. 
of augmentation, with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts, etc. Dated Nether Tempilland, 6th Sep- 
tember 1675 ; witnesses, John Smyth, smith in Cumnok, 
and Robert Asloane there, John Gemmill being notary. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 30th 
October 1575 ,' witnesses, David Vrycht, Archibald 
Primrose, Edward Mickiljohne, Robert Quhyt, Mungo 
Campbell and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 27.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Traine in Burne 
of Neid to his son, Adam Traine, of his 3 s. 6 d. lands of 
Nether Quhitflatt, paying yearly 3 s. 6 d. as the old rent 
with 1| d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver 
and 15| d. of augmentation with duplication at the entry 
of heirs, service at courts, etc. ; dated Nether Quhitflat, 
24th February 1571 ; witnesses, Thomas Alexander in 
Some, John Vilsone, elder in Nether Quhitflat, William 
Vat and John Gemmill, notary. The charter of confii'ma- 



CAMPBELL OF KINGYEANCLEUCHT 268 

tion is dated Edinburgh, 29th November 1575 ; witnesses 
as in the preceding charter. (f. 28.) 

Tack to EUzabeth Maxvell, Lady Tinduall, for all the 
days of her lifetime, of the 36 s. 8 d. lands in the town of 
Brimskayth in the parish of Drumfreis and shire thereof, 
which is part of the patrimony of the Abbey of Melrose, 
presently occupied by the said Elizabeth Maxvell, paying 
yearly 36 s. 8 d. ; dated Edinburgh, 5th February 1575 ; 
witnesses, William Dundass, Edward Mickiljohne, Robert 
Quhyte and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 28.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Jonn Vallece as 
heir of the deceased William Vallece of Auchinveit in the 
32 s. lands of Barmuir called Auchinveit and the 20 s. 
lands of Mosbowgar in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying 
yearly £3, 14 s. 3d.; dated Edinburgh, 2nd May 1576 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Peter Prinorose, William Dundas, Robert 
Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 28.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Nathaniel 
Campbell as heir of the deceased Robert Campbell of 
Kingyeancleuch, his father, in the 31 s. lands of Overhaucht 
called Kingyeancleucht, the 5 s. lands of Maknaythyscroft, 
the 30 d. lands of Scheilde, the 12 s. lands of Netherhaucht 
within Kingyeancleuch, also the 6 s. lands of Netherhauch, 
the half merk land of Villokistoun, the 4 s. lands of Boigend 
and the meadow of Makclannochanstoun, being a 12 d. land, 
and the fishings in the water of Ayr within bounds con- 
tained in the charter of the said Robert, also the 21 s. 9 d. 
lands of Brintscheillis with the salmon fishing in the said 
water of Ayr, and the site of the fulling mill of the Haucht, 
with a tenement and garden in the town of Mauchleine 
called the Byreknowe, as bounded in the said charter, 
within the lordship of Mauchleine, paying yearly £5, 6 s. 3 d. ; 
dated Edinburgh, 3rd May 1576 ; witnesses, William 
Dundas, Mr. Peter Primrose, minister, George Campbell, 
Robert Quhyt and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 29.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Fischear in Over 
Mikilwod to George Campbell, Tutor of Kingyeancleucht, 
of the 4s. 2d. lands of Over Mikilwod in the lordship of 



264 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Kyllismuir, paying yearly 4 s. 2 d., 2 d. for arreage and 
carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver, and 18| d, of augmenta- 
tion, with duplication at the entry of heirs, service at 
courts and in the field, etc. ; dated Ayr, 10th March 1575 ; 
witnesses, Charles Campbell, burgess of Ayr, Charles 
Campbell, his son, James Bannatyne, burgess there, and John 
Kennedy in Ayr. The charter of confirmation is dated 
Edinburgh, 3rd May 1576 ; same witnesses. (f. 29.) 

Note that on the 16th May 1576 a confirmation was made 
of three charters by William Hamiltoun of Sanchare to 
William Dumbare of Blantyre, the first, of the eight merk 
lands of Sorn Over and Nether with the tower, etc., held 
for 1 d. blench; dated Ayr, 29th January 1574; the second 
of the four merk lands of Linburne, the 40 s. lands of 
Grenokmains, and 40 s. lands of Lymracht to the said 
William Dunbar and Agnes Hamiltoun, his spouse, for a 
1 d. blench, and payment to the Abbot of Melrose of eight 
merks for Linburne, £4 for Grenokmains and £4 for 
Lymracht ; dated Edinburgh, 14th February 1574 ; and 
the third, of the 52 s. lands of Dykfeild, the £4 land of 
Mosgauill and 5 s. land of Makmichellsboige for 1 d. blench; 
dated Ayr, 26th March 1576. (f. 30.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Grahame as 
heir of the deceased John Grahame, younger of Gillisbie, 
in the lands of Nethir Newbyres with pendicles lying in the 
lordship of Eskdalmuir, regality of Melrose, stewartry of 
Annandale and shire of Dumfreis ; dated Edinburgh, 
23rd June 1576 ; witnesses, Mr. John Provand, William 
Dundas, Edward Mikiljohne, Robert Quhyt and Henry 
Baverage, notary. (f. 30.) 

Charter confirming two charters (1) by William Aird in 
Nether Brintscheill to John Aird, his son, of the 6 s. 8 d. 
lands of Nether Brintscheill occupied by the said William 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 16 s. 8 d., 7| d. 
for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 6 s. 3 d. 
of augmentation, with duplication, service at courts, etc. ; 
dated HoUbrintscheill, 4th February 1575 ; witnesses, 
George Campbell of Montgarfurd, Richard Campbell in 



HOME OF SPOTT 265 

Barboghe, John Campbell in Logan and Adam Aird in 
Over Kathie. (2) Charter by Bessie Gray, one of the 
daughters and heirs portioners of the deceased Luke Gray 
in Dalquhram, to the said John Aird in fulfilment of a 
contract of marriage between her with consent of Agnes 
Paterson, her mother, and William Aird in Hoilbrintscheill 
for the said John Aird, his son, dated 4th February 
1575, of the half of the 8 s. 9 d. lands of Dalquhram 
extending to a 4 s. 4| d. land thereof in said lordship, 
paying yearly 6 s. 7 d. with duplication at the 
entry of heirs ; dated Dalquhram, 9th February 1575 ; 
witnesses, Richard Campbell in Barboghe, Adam Aird in 
Katherine, John Leppreuik in Grenoktoun, and John 
Gemmil, notary. The charter of confirmation is dated 
Edinburgh, 7th July 1576 ; witnesses, Mathew Coluile, 
Edward Mikiljohne, Thomas Boynd, Robert Vatsone and 
Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 31.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mungo Andersone 
as heir to his deceased father, John Andersone, in the 5 s. 2 d. 
lands of Bargoure Over occupied by the said JohnAnderson 
in said lordship, paying yearly 8 s. | d. ; dated Edinburgh, 
7th July 1576 ; witnesses, John Aird, Thomas Boynd, 
Edward Mikiljohne, and Henry Beverage, notary, (f. 31.) 

Charter to Thomas Reid in Barskimming of the 35 d. 
lands of Veltoun occupied by Bridget Fischer, which lands 
formerly belonged to Thomas Boynd, spouse of the 
deceased Janet Hodge, and were resigned by him ; paying 
yearly 24 s. 2d. with duplication at the entry of heirs and 
service at courts, etc. ; dated Cumrie, 11th August 1576 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Mathew Gaw, Robert Burrell, Robert 
Vatsone and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 31.) 

Charter confirming a charter by George Home, elder of 
Spott, to his son, George Home, fiar of Spott, in terms of 
contract between them and the deceased David Hamiltoun 
of Bothuelhauch and Jean Hamiltoun, his daughter, dated 
Edinburgh, 15th February 1555, of the lands of Hartsyde 
within the shire of Edinburgh and constabulary of Had- 
dington, the destination, on failure of heirs of the marriage 



266 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of the said George Hume, younger, and Jean Hamiltoun, 
being to the heirs naale between Janet Home, daughter of 
the granter, and Alexander Home of Manderstoun, to be 
held, for yearly payment of £40. The granter reserves his 
own liferent and that of Katherine Coluile, his spouse, in 
terms of contract between the deceased William, Commen- 
dator of Culros and her on the one part, and the granter 
and his said son and Jean Hamiltoun, his spouse, on the 
other; dated 26th February 1571. The charter is dated 
Edinburgh, 1st June 1576 ; witnesses, James Harlaw, 
writer, James Sandersoun, Robert Burrell, David Brand, 
James Coluile, Adam Maistertoun and Henry Baverage, 
notary. (f. 32.) 

Charter to Abraham Wilson, second son of Robert 
Wilson of Lindsays Hill, of the 9 s. 6 d. lands of Logan 
which belonged to John Michell and were resigned by him, 
lying in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 9 s. 6 d. 
4^ d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver 
and 3 s. 9 d. of augmentation with duplication at the 
entry of heirs, service at courts, etc., with precept of 
sasine directed to Thomas Boyne ; dated Vester Cumrie, 
18th September 1576 ; witnesses, Henry Levingston, 
Robert Burrell, David Brand and John Anderson, (f . 38.) 

Letter of Factory in favour of John, Lord Maxwell, who 
and his predecessors have for many years past been kindly 
tenants of the Abbots of Melrose in the lands of Eskdail- 
muir within the lordship of Eskdaill and shire of Drumfreis, 
together with the Kirk of Westerkar with the teinds, 
whereby they appoint him and his heirs their factors for 
uplifting the rents of the tenants and occupiers of the 
lands of Eskdailmuir and parish church and parish of 
Westerkar ; dated Edinburgh, 28th October 1576 ; wit- 
nesses, Robert Coluile of Clesche, Robert Maxwell of 
Cowhill and Mr. William Howstoun. (f. 35.) 

Discharge by the Iconimus in name of the Commendator 
to John, Lord Maxwell, kindly tenant of the lands of 
Eskdailmuir and Kirk of Westerkar, for £750 which he has 



CAMPBELL OF KILLAUCHT 267 

paid, being due by him as tacksman thereof; dated 
Edinburgh, 28th October 1516, same witnesses, (f. 36.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Wilson in Green 
and Janet Wilson his daughter, lady of the fee, to Andrew 
Wilson and the heirs procreated between him and the fore- 
said Janet, of the 20 d- lands of Grein in the lordship of 
Kyllismuir, paying yearly 10 s. and 7j d. in augmentation 
with duplication, service at courts, thirlage to the mill 
of Mauchleine, etc. ; dated Mauchleine, 10th April 1576 ; 
witnesses John Spottiswood of Powlar, John Mathi in 
Some, and John Gemmill, notary. The liferents of the 
said John Wilson and Janet, his daughter, are reserved. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 3rd 
November 1576 ; witnesses, Adam Dundas, John Hutoun, 
and Robert Burrell. (f. 37.) 

Charter to Hugh Campbell, younger, son and heir 
apparent of Hugh Campbell of Killocht, of the four merk 
3 s. 4 d. lands of Lochlie and the three merk and 4 s. lands 
of Auchinbrome and the three merk lands of Killaucht in 
said lordship, which formerly belonged to Hugh Campbell 
of Killaucht, father of the foresaid Hugh Campbell, younger, 
and were resigned, paying yearly for Lochlie four merks 
3 s. 4 d., 2 s. l|d. for arreage and carriage, 4 J d. for 
bondage silver and 15 d. of augmentation ; for Auchinbrome 
and Killaucht, six merks 4 s., and 3 s. l|d. for arreage, 
4j d. for bondage silver and 3 s. 8 d. of augmentation with 
duplication, service at courts and in the field, etc. ; dated 
Edinburgh, 6th December 1576. (f. 39.) 

Charter confirming a charter by George Michell of 
Dalsangan to Andrew Michell of Brayheid of the 40 d. 
lands of Dalsangan in said lordship, paying yearly 3 s. 4 d., 
1 J d. for arreage and carriage, 4| d. for bondage silver and 
15 d. of augmentation with duplication, service at courts 
and thirlage to the mills of Mauchline, etc., with precept 
of sasine directed to William Michell in Blakfurde. Dated 
Edinburgh, — December 1576 ; witnesses, John Hutoun, 
servitor to the Iconimus, Robert Duncoit and Edward 
Mekiljone, burgess of Edinburgh. (f. 40.) 



268 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Reid as 

heir to his father, James Reid in Nether Craikstoun, in the 
43 s. 4 d. lands of Middilfeild in Overwod with pertinents 
in said lordship, paying yearly £3, 16 s. 1 d. ; dated Edin- 
burgh, — January 1576 ; witnesses, Mr. Peter Primrose, 
minister, John Hutoun and Robert Duncott. (f. 42.) 

Percept of Clare Constat, in favour of Elizabeth Reid as 
heir to the deceased William Reid, her brother german, 
in the 2 s. lands of Mongarswod in said lordship, paying 
yearly 3 s. 7 d. ; dated at Edinburgh, 16th January 1576 ; 
same witnesses. (f. 42.) 

Charter to Mr. Peter Primrose and his heirs and assignees 
of the 11 s. 8 d. lands of Meikillwod, commonly called 
Balquhilling, in said lordship, which formerly belonged to 
Thomas Duncan, son and heir of the deceased William 
Duncan of Mekillwod, resigned by him, paying yearly 
17 s. 2| d. ; dated Edinburgh, 12th January 1576 ; 
witnesses, John Spottiswod of FowUar, John Huton and 
Robert Duncoit. (f. 43.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Andrew Michell in 
Mekillwodhill to Andrew Micheell of Brayhaid of the 5 s. 
lands of Mekillwod called the Hill in said lordship, paying 
yearly 5 s. with 2| d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for 
bondage silver and 20|d. of augmentation with duplication, 
service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the mills of 
Mauchline, etc. ; dated Miggillwodhill, 23rd October 1576 ; 
witnesses, William Lauchtlane, younger in Clewis, John 
Michell in Harne and John Gemmill, notary. Reservation 
is made of the liferent of the said Andrew Michell in Hill. 
(The confirmation is not dated.) (f. 44.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Gaw as 
heir to his deceased father, Thomas Gaw of Wester Glenbuk 
and Grene, in the one merk lands of Wester Glenbuk 
and Grene in said lordship, paying yearly 19 s. 7 d. ; dated 
at Culross, 13th February 1576 (no witnesses). (f- 46.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Starmont of 
Hauche to Richard Milnar, carpenter in Hauche, of the 2s. 



MILL OF KATRINE 269 

lands of Nether Hauche in said lordship, paying yearly 
2 s., 1 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver, 
and 9 d. of augmentation with duplication at the entry of 
heirs, service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the 
mill of Mauchline, etc. The charter contains precept of 
sasine directed to James Michell of Turnohill, and is dated 
Runnok, 27th September 1576 ; witnesses, George Cambell 
of Montgarswode, John Spottiswod of Foular, John Reid 
of Ballochtmyle, William Reid of Reidbrey and Hugh 
Reid of Nether Feild. The charter of confirmation is 
dated at Culros, 2nd May 1577 ; witnesses, John Hutoun, 
Robert Birrell, David Wricht, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 47.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Moses Reid as heir 
to Hugh Reid, his brother german, in half the mill of 
Katherin and mill lands presently occupied by John Reid 
of Ballochmyllin, father of the said Moses Reid, with two 
soumes of grass within the lands of Katherin and half the 
astricted multures of the lands of Brentscheild, Hielar 
Over and Nether Hoil of Brentscheild, Daldilling, Hoilhous, 
Burneheid, Dalgane, Gilmiliscroft, Logane Hietath, 
Brakinhill, Drumfork, Glenschamerok, Lindesayis Hill, 
Clewis, Quheitslat, Chatherin, Montgarswode, Ballochmyllin, 
Blaksyd, Smiddieschaw, Daldrocht, Blindburne and Round- 
schaw with pertinents in said lordship, paying yearly 
£10, 10 s. ; dated at Culros, 2nd May 1577 ; same wit- 
nesses, (f. 49.) 

Charter to John Reid, younger in Ballochmyle, in the 
40 s. lands of Overwod called Lammerburne and the 3 s. 
lands pf Weltoun which formerly belonged to John Reid, 
elder, resigned by him and Marjory Wallace, his spouse, 
for this regrant ; likewise half the mill of Catherin, the 
mill lands thereof and two soumes of grass within the lands 
of Catherin, also half of the astricted multures of the lands 
of Brintscheild (and the others contained in the immediately 
preceding precept), paying yearly for Ballochmyllin and 
Overwod £10, 2 s. 3 d., for Weltoun 25 s. 2 d., and for the 
half mill and mill lands, etc., £10, 10 s., extending in all to 



270 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

£21, 17 s. 5 d. Reservation is made of the liferents of 
John Reid, elder, and Marjory Wallace, his spouse, and of 
certain payments from the respective lands. The charter 
is dated Culros, — May 1577 ; witnesses, John Hutoun 
and Robert Burrell, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 49.) 

Charter to William Reid in Montgarswod, and Elizabeth 
Reid, his future spouse, of the 2 s. lands of Montgarswod 
now occupied by the said Elizabeth in said lordship, which 
belonged to the said Elizabeth Reid as sister of the deceased 
William Reid, first feuar thereof, and were resigned, 
paying yearly 3 s. 7 d. and other services contained in the 
old inf eftment ; dated Culros, — May 1577 (no witnesses). 

(f. 52.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Reid in Velwod 
to Thomas Reid, his brother's son, of the 5 s. lands of ' 
Grenoktoun presently occupied by the said Thomas Reid 
and the 34 d. lands of Gresyards in said lordship, paying 
yearly 15 s. 7j d., with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts, etc. ; dated Grenoktoun, 8th January 
1572 ; witnesses, John Bege in Dalchroine, John Uddart 
in Grenoktoun, Robert Uddart, his son, and John Gemmill, 
notary. The charter of confirmation is dated (not com- 
pleted), (f. 58) 

Charter, confirming a charter by Andrew alias Dand 
Wilsoun in Newtoun to John Spottiswod of Fowllar of the 
15 s. lands of Newtoun in the said lordship, paying 
yearly 21 s. 11 d., and 6 d. of augmentation; dated 
Fowllar, 23rd February 1572 ; witnesses, George Hamiltoun, 
younger, apparent of Rottinyaird, and John Masoun 
in Ayr. The confirmation is dated at the monastery of 
Melrose, 1577 (no witnesses). (f. 55.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Patersoun 
as heir to his deceased father, William Patersoun in 
Mauchling, in the 10 d. lands in Mauchling called Jakisyard 
in said lordship, paying yearly 7 s. ; dated at Edinburgh, 
12th November 1577 ; witnesses, John Spottiswod of 
Fowlar and several others. (f. 57.) 

Precept of Sasine by the Commendator narrating the 



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retour of John Michell as heir to his deceased father, John 
Michell of Dalgane, in the 34 s. 10 d. lands of Dalgane in 
said lordship, paying yearly 49 s. 10 d. and other duties, 
and directing sasine to be given to the said John Michell 
therein ; dated Edinburgh, 1st November 1577 ; witnesses, 
John Hutoun, Edward Mekiljone, burgess of Edinburgh, 
and Robert Duncoit. (f. 57.) 

Charter to Charles Cambell of Horsecleuch, of the 
£3, 13 s. 2 d. 'lands of Bargour Over presently occupied by 
the said Charles and John AUene, Ninian Kayth, William 
Smyth, Robert Walker, Alexander Gibsoun, John Law, 
John Wode and Archibald Patoun, his subtenants, paying 
yearly £3, 13 s. 2 d. with other duties and 18 d. of augmenta- 
tion with duplication, service at courts, thirlage to the 
mill of Mauchelen, etc. ; dated Edinburgh, 4th November 
1577 ; witnesses, William Douglas of Lochlewin, Robert 
Coluill of Cleiche and John Hutoun. (f. 58.) 

Charter to George Cambell of Montgarswode, of the 
three merk lands of Montgarswode occupied by him and 
his subtenants, the 8 s. lands called Cuttirsland and the 
4 s. 7j d. land which Andrew Davie formerly occupied 
as kindly tenant, lying in said lordship, paying yearly three 
merks 12 s. 7j d. and 4 s. of augmentation, being in all 
56 s. 7| d., with duplication at the entry of heirs, service 
at courts, etc., and thirlage to the mill called Katherin 
Mill ; dated Edinburgh, 4th November 1577 ; same wit- 
nesses, (f. 59.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Archibald Hamiltoun 
and Margaret Hamiltoun, conjunct fiars of the 17 s. lands 
of Helear in said lordship, occupied by Thomas M'Math, to 
John Farker, son of the deceased Bernard Farker of 
Katherin, paying yearly 27 s. ; dated Edinburgh, 4th 
November 1577 ; witnesses, John Spottiswode of Fowllar 
and John Hutoun. (f. 61.) 

Discharge to Alexander Balfour of Denemillin, heritable 
feuar of the lands of AUanschawis, Wolplaw, Thraipwod, 
Williamlaw, Quhitlie, Sorolesfeild, The Craig, Femeistaris 
lands, Salramedow, Cauldhuch, the £9 land of Reidpethe, 



272 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Walkerscroft, Frierland, Newtoun, Frierschaw, Tringillis, 
Mousland in Ferritoun, Kirkland of Hassanden and 
Caveris, the fishing of Tueid, the lands of Glenterie, 
Meghoip, Kirkhoip, Shorthoip, Craig, Langhoip, Suirhoip, 
Fairhoip, Espyhoip, Newgrangemiln, Gautounsyd with 
the teinds, Annay with the teinds, Moshouses with the 
teinds, Femeisteris lands with the teinds, Priorwod with 
the teinds, Kirklawis with the teinds and Westhousmill 
with the teinds, lying within the lordship and regality 
of Melrose, and the lands of Hopcartane in the shire of 
Peebles, for all feu farm duties, rents, kanes, customs, etc., 
due by him to the Abbacy of Melrose, preceding the date 
hereof; dated Edinburgh, 12th November 1577. (No 
witnesses.) (f. 62.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Thomas Reid, son of 
the deceased Gilbert Reid in Welwod, of the 30 d. lands 
of Grenoktoun now occupied by James Reid in Welwod, 
the 7 d. lands of Garseyards now occupied by Margaret 
Hamiltoun and others in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying 
yearly 5 s. 10 d., l|d. for arreage and carriage, 4jd. for 
bondage silver and 18 d. of augmentation with duplication, 
service at courts, etc. ; dated Garseyards, 19th June 1574 ; 
witnesses, Mungo Reid of Drumfork, Hugh Reid in 
Netherfeild, and William Reid of Rudwray, John Gemmill 
being notary. Charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
28th November 1577 ; witnesses, William Mastertoun, 
Robert Birrell and Robert Dincot, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 64.) 

Memorandum that on 29th November 1577 a charter of 
confirmation of the 7 s. lands of Dalsangan granted by John 
Rowand, son and heir of the deceased Robert Rowane of 
Dalsangan to John Rowane in Dalmilling, his cousin, was 
granted, the said John Rowane, paying yearly 10 s. 7| d. 

(f. 65.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Wallace 
as heir to his father the deceased William Wallace of 
Brighous, in the 40 s. 2d. lands of Nether Bargoure, the 
3 s. 10 d. lands of the same and the 5 s. lands thereof 



REID OF BARQUHOIS 273 

extending in all to a 51 s. land in said lordship of Kyllis- 
muir ; dated Edinburgh, 29th November 1577 ; witnesses, 
William Masterton, Robert Birrell, Edward Mekiljohn, 
burgess of Edinburgh. (f. 65.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Reid, elder of 
Barquhois, to his son, Robert Reid, of the 9 s. 4| d. lands 
of the 18 s. 9 d. lands of Barquhois in the said lordship, 
paying yearly 3 s. 10 d. with duplication ; dated Machlein, 
12th January 1570 ; witnesses, Robert Cambell of Kenich- 
aucht, George Cambell, his brother german, Thomas 
Vilsone of Barquhois, Robert Vilsone there, and Walter 
Angus in Machlein. The charter of confirmation is dated 
Edinburgh, 3rd September 1577 ; witnesses, Robert Birrell, 
Robert Dincot and Mr. Peter Primrose, minister, (f . 66.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Law as heir 
of his deceased father, John Law, in Barnaicht, in the 
6 s. 8 d. lands of Barnaicht in the said lordship ; dated 
Edinburgh, 3rd December 1577; same witnesses, (f. 68.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Alexander Reid of 
Garsill to John Reid, tailor, of the 4 s. 6 d. lands of Garsell in 
said lordship, paying yearly 10 s., and 8 d. of augmentation 
with duplication, service at courts, etc. ; dated Machlein, 
20th September 1577 ; witnesses, Mr. Peter Primrose, 
minister at Machlein, Walter Angus there and John Kenidy 
there. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
3rd December 1577 ; same witnesses. (f. 69.) 

Charter confirming a charter by George Home, fiar of 
Spot, with consent of Jean Hamiltoun, his spouse, to James 
Douglas, Commendator of Pluscardin, natural son of 
James, Earl of Mortoun, Lord of Dalkeith, Regent, and 
Agnes Home, daughter of the said George Home, and future 
spouse of the said James Douglas, in implement of a con- 
tract between the said Regent and George Home, dated 
Edinburgh, 18th January 1577, of the lands of Hartsyd, 
Easter, Wester and Middle and the Mains of Hartsyd 
alias Weitpetheid within the sheriffdom of Edinburgh, and 
constabulary of Haddington, to be held by the said James 
Douglas and Agnes Home, his future spouse, and their 

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274 MELROSE RECiALlTY RECORDS 

lawful heirs to be procreated, whom failing, Archibald 
Douglas, natural brother of the said James Douglas and 
the lawful heirs male of his body, whom failing, George 
Douglas, also natural brother of the said James Douglas, 
and his heirs male, whom failing, William Douglas, 
likewise natural brother of the foresaid James Douglas, 
and his heirs male, whom failing, Archibald, Earl of Angus, 
and his heirs male, whom failing, William Douglas of 
Quhittingham and his heirs male, whom all failing, to the 
heirs whomsoever of the foresaid Regent, paying yearly 
£40, reserving the liferent of Katherine Colvill, spouse of 
George Home of Spott, the granter's father, of certain parts 
of the lands of Hartsyd sometime occupied by the deceased 
Adam Manderstoun, and part of the mill lands occupied 
by James Rennet, and reserving after death of the said 
Katherine Colvill the terce of Jean Hamiltoun, spouse 

of the granter; dated at , 157 — (no witnesses). 

The charter of confirmation is dated at 1578 ; wit- 
nesses, . (f. 71.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Elizabeth Reid as 
heir to her father the deceased William Reid of Aucht- 
milling in the 15 s. 8 d. lands of AuchtmUling in the lordship 
of Kyllismuir, she being elder daughter and one of the 
two heirs portioners of her said father, paying yearly 
22 s. 10| d. in terms of charter thereof made to the foresaid 
William Reid and Margaret Hamilton, his spouse. The 
precept was dated Edinburgh, 15th AprU 1578. (f. 73.) 

Precept in favour of Elizabeth Reid, younger, as heir 
to her father the deceased William Reid of Auchmilling 
in the 15 s. 8 d. lands of Auchmilling in said lordship, she 
being younger daughter and one of the two lawful heirs 
portioners of her said father, paying yearly 22 s. lO^ d. 
in terms of the charter granted, thereof to the said 
deceased William Reid and Margaret Hamiltoun, his 
spouse ; dated Edinburgh, 15th April 1578. (f. 73.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Mitchell 
now in Burnheid as heir to his father the deceased James 
Mitchell in Burnheid in the 7 s. lands of Brokler and the 



CAIRNCROSS OF COLMESLEY 275 

20 s. lands of Burnheid and 4 s. 6 d. lands of Oschawburn, 
being in all 31 s. 6 d. land in said lordship, paying yearly 
45 s. 1| d. ; dated Edinburgh, 31st May 1578 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, Robert Duncoit, Edward Meikiljhon, 
servitors to the Commendator of Culros. (f. 73.) 

Charter to Mungo Cambell, son of Mungo Cambell, 
younger of Brounsyd in fee, and Janet Dunbar, spouse of the 
said Mungo, elder, in liferent, of the 32s. lands of Cowfauld- 
schaw, paying yearly 32 s. and 16 d. of augmentation with 
duplication, service at courts, etc. ; dated 1578 ; witnesses 
. (f. 74.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Carncors 
now of Colmisley as heir of his father the deceased Robert 
Carncors of Colmisley in the half lands of Langley with the 
croft called Sellererheuche, paying yearly duties contained 
in the infeftments ; dated at Cumrie, 20th June 1578 ; 
witnesses, . (f. 75.) 

Memorandum that the lands of Westersyd of Huisebyre 
were set in feu to the deceased William Carncors and 
Marion Pringle, his spouse, paying yearly £3, 6 s. 8 d. with 
. 20 stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone, and the half 
lands of Langley and the croft called the Cellerrerhauche 
for the sum of £10, 13 s. 4 d., and for the augmentation of 
the said lands, 40 s. 

There is this clause contained in the old charter of the 
lands of Westersyd of Housbyre and Langley set to the 
deceased William Carncors and Marion Pringle, that it shall 
not be lawful to the said William Carncors nor his heirs 
or assignees to sell the said lands or any part thereof 
without the consent of us [the Commendator and Iconimus] 
or our successors. . (f. 76.) 

On a loose leaf inserted at this page there is a precept 
signed by ' Bukcluche ' directed to Joke Scot, bailie officer, 
and stating that he is informed by the neighbours of 
Gatoiiesyde that John Boustoun there means to break a 
piece muir because it hinders the pasturing of the whole 
goods of the town, and orders him to go in his name to the 



276 . MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

said John Boustoun and charge him under the penalty of 
£40 to break no part of the muir until the whole of the 
neighbours consent thereto ; subscribed by Branxholme 
the 26th of ' this present.' 

Charter to William Douglas of Lochlevin, father of the 
Commendator, of the 5 merk lands of Brokloch and the 
32 s. lands of Knokdoune in the lordship of Carrik, paying . 
yearly for Brokloch five merks and for Knokdoune, 23 s., 
and 6 s. 8 d. of augmentation for Brokloch and 2 s. for 
Knokdoun with duplication at the entry of heirs, service 
at courts, etc. Dated (not completed). (f. 76.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Reid as 
heir to his deceased father, George Reid of Chepilhous, in 
the 40 s. lands of Chepelhous in the lordship of Kyllis- 

muir paying yearly 57 s. 3 d. Dated at 1578 ; 

witnesses, (f. 77.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Duncan 
now in Hoilhuises as heir to his deceased father, William 
Duncan in Hoilhuises, in the 7 s. 3 d. and 2 s. 3 d. lands of 
Hoilhuises in Daldunning, also in said lordship, paying 
yearly 14 s. 2 d. Dated Wester Cumrie, 1st October 1578 ; 
witnesses, Archibald Dundass, Thomas Boyn, Robert 
Burrell, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 77.) 

Charter to Mungo Cambell, son and heir apparent of 
Mungo Cambell, younger of Brounsyd, of the merk lands 
called Tenschellingsyd, Couperyard and KJnokscharie with 
pertinents, six quarters or roods of arable land and six 
quarters of meadow formerly occupied by Christina Miller 
with houses, gardens and orchards upon the commonty of 
Mauchlein extending in all to a 13 s. 4 d. land in said 
lordship, which formerly belonged to the said Mungo 
Cambell, son and heir of Mungo Cambell, younger, and 
which he resigned, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d. and 5 s. of 
augmentation and 6 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for 
bondage silver, extending in all to 19 s. 7 d. Dated at 
(not completed). (f. 78.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting John Hamiltoun 



REID OF BRUNTSCHEILL 277 

of Barneweill as heir to his brother german, Robert 
Hammiltoun, lawful son of the deceased Sir William 
HammUtoun of Sanquhare in the 10 d. lands of Jakkis- 
yeardis and Newlandis with interest in the Mosuard of 
Machling lying within the £10 lands of the Mains of 
Machling in said lordship. Dated Vester Cumrie, 1st 
October 1578 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Robert 
Burrell, Robert Duncat, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 79.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Reid of Brunt- 
scheill, to his son George Reid of the 28 s. 10| d. lands of 
Brintscheill now occupied by the granter in said lord- 
ship, paying yearly 28 s. 10 J d. with 13 d. for arreage, 9 d. 
for bondage silver and 10 s. 9 J d. of augmentation with 
duplication, service at courts and in the field and thirlage 
to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Brintscheill, 14th 
September 1560 ; witnesses, James Michell of Burneheid, 
William Reid of Markland, Adam Reid of Midhielar, John 
Reid, his brother, and James Reid in Welwode. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 4th November 
1578 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundass, Edward Mikiljhone 
and Robert Birrall, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 79.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Reid of Brunt- 
scheill to his son, George Reid, of the 28 s. 10| d. lands 
of Brintscheill now occupied by the granter in said lord- 
ship, paying yearly 28 s. 10| d. with 13 d. for arreage, 9 d. 
for bondage sUver and 10 s. 9| d, of augmentation with 
duplication, service at courts and in the field and thirlage 
to the mUl of Mauchlein, etc. Dated' Brintscheill, 14th 
September 1560 ; witnesses, James Michell of Burneheid, 
William Reid of Markland, Adam Reid of Midhielar, John 
Reid, his brother, and James Reid in Welwode. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 4th November 
1578 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundass, Edward Mikiljhone 
and Robert Birrall, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 79.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Richersoun in 
Burnsait with consent of Janet Gibsoune, his spouse, to 
his son, John Ritchersoune, of the 15 s. lands of Nether 



278 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Wode commonly called Burnsait in said lordship, 
paying yearly 15 s. 6 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for 
bondage silver and 5 s. 7j d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation, service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the mill 
of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Netherwode, 29th July 1578 ; 
witnesses, Thomas Gibsoun in Hal, Andrew Miller in Muir- ' 
mill and James Reid in Middillfeild. The charter of 
confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 16th November 1578 ; 
witnesses, . (f. 80.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Uddert 
now in Greinnoktoun as heir to the deceased William 
Uddert in Greinnoktoun, his father, of the 10 s. lands of 
Greinnoktoun in said lordship, paying yearly 14 s. lOj d. 
Dated Edinburgh, 25th November 1578 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundass, Edward Mekiljhon and Patrick 
Patersoun, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 82.) 

Charter to John Spottiswode of FouUer of the 9 s. lands 
of Bogwod commonly called Smellgillis in said lord- 
ship, which formerly belonged to Mr. Bernard Hamiltoun 
and were resigned by him, paying yearly 9 s., and 3 s. 4 d. of 
augmentation with duplication, service at courts, thirlage 
to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 31st 
January 1578 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundass, Edward 
Mekiljhon and David Akin. (f. 82.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Hoppringill 
as heir of the deceased James Hoppringill of Tynnes in the 
10 merk lands of Bukholm, paying yearly £10. Dated 
Edinburgh, 12th February 1578 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, Edward Mekiljhon and David Akin, servitors 
to the Iconimus. (f. 83.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Mortoune 
as heir to the deceased John Mortoun of Reidwre, his 
grandfather, in the two merk lands of Reidwre in the 
lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 38 s. 5 d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 20th February 1578 ; witnesses, (f. 83.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Daw as heir 
qf the deceased James Daw of Garphall, his father, in the 



REID OF AUCHMELING 279 

4 s. 6 d. lands of Garphall in said lordship, paying yearly 
11 s. 6 d. Dated Edinburgh, 20th February 1578 ; wit- 
nesses, Archibald Dundass, Edward Mekiljhone and David 
Aykin, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 84.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Duncan in Over 
Logan to John Michell in Logane of the 4 s. ^ d. lands of 
Over Logan now occupied by the said John Michell in said 
lordship, paying yearly 4 s. 4 d., 2 J d. for arreage and 
carriage, 2| d. for bondage silver and 21 d. of augmentation, 
with duplication, service at courts, etc. Dated Cumnok, 
15th November 1578 ; witnesses, James Reid in Middil- 
field and John Wallance, elder, in Crumdarry. The con- 
firmation is dated Edinburgh, 28th February 1578. 

(f. 84.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, narrating that letters have 
been obtained at the instance of James Wod, burgess of 
Haddington, against Patrick Lawsoun as heir of the 
deceased Henry Lawsoun, burgess there and ' us ' as 
superiors for infefting him in a tenement of land with 
garden and croft adjoining in the burgh of Haddington 
and that therefore for obedience of the said letters they 
direct to infeft the said James Wod in the said tene- 
ment, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 8th April 1579 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, David Wricht and Edward Mekiljhone, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 85.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Elizabeth Reid, younger, 
one of the lawful heirs portioners of the deceased William 
Reid of Auchmeling, spouse of George Reid of Montgarswod, 
to George Reid of Brintscheill and Elizabeth Reid, eld.er, 
his spouse, of the half of the 15 s. 8 d. lands of Aucht- 
melhng extending to a 7 s. 10 d. land in the lordship of 
Kyllismuir in terms of contract between them, dated 
Ayr, 6th February 1563, paying yearly 7 s. 10 d., 6 d. for 
arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 2 s. 9 d. 
of augmentation with duplication and other services. 
Dated Machleine, 6th June 1579 ; witnesses, Mr. Peter 
Prymroise, minister of Machleine, Mathew Reid of Blaksyd, 
Thomas Michel in Auchinbrane, and Robert Gilming,, 



280 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

younger, messenger. The confirmation is dated Vester 
Cumrie, 16th June 1579 ; witnesses, 3 amps Prymroise and 
Robert Burrall, servitors to the leonimus, and Andrew 
Miller of Muirmill. , (f. 86.) 

Charter to Donald Weddell, lawful son and apparent 
heir of Donald Weddell, elder, of the 3 s. lands of Nether 
Quhitlocht now occupied by the said Donald Weddell, 
elder, in said lordship, reserving his father's liferent and 
the liferent of the half of the lands to Janet Sym, his 
spouse, paying yearly 3 s., 1 J d. for a:rreage and carriage, 
9 d. for bondage silver, and 13| d. of augmentation, with 
duplication, service at courts and in the field, arid thirlage 
to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 8th July 
1579 ; witnesses, Mr. Peter Prymroise, minister of Mauch- 
lein, Archibald Dundass and David Atkin, servitors to the 
leonimus. (f. 91.) 

Charter to William Spottiswode, son and apparent heir 
of John Spottiswode in Fowlar and the heirs male of his 
body, whom failing, John Spottiswode, second son of the 
said John Spottiswode and the heirs male of his body, 
whom failing, the heirs male of the said John Spottiswode, 
elder, whom failing, Hugh Spottiswode, his brother 
german, and his heirs male, whom also failing, William 
Spottiswode in Mosgawill and his heirs male, whom failing, 
the heirs male of the said John Spottiswode, whomsoever, 
whom failing, the heirs male of the said John Spottiswode, 
elder, whomsoever, of the 42 s. lands of Fowlar, Skynnaris- 
land and Crawisland now occupied by the said John 
Spottiswode and his tenants with right of digging turf in the 
turfery of Blairkip, the 10 s. 10 d. lands in Newtoun and 
Oxinschaw, the 26 s. 8 d. lands of Girshillis, the 9 s. lands 
of Bogwode commonly called Smellgillis, the 15 s. lands 
of Newtoun which formerly belonged to David Wilsoun, 
extending in all to a 7 merk 10 s. 2 d. land in said lordship, 
which lands formerly belonged to the said John Spottis- 
wod of Fowlar, elder, and were resigned by him, paying 
yearly 7 merks 10 s. 2 d., 17 d. for arreage and carriage, 
9 d. for bondage silver, 6 s, 8 d, of augmentation for the 



SYMON OF DALQUHARNE 281 

lands of Fowlar, Skynnarislaw and Crawisland ; also 
13 s. 9| d. as the yearly augmentation of the lands of 
Newtoun, Oxinschaw and Gershillis, 3 s. 4 d. as the yearly 
augmentation of the lands of Bogwode, and 7 s. 5 d. as 
the yearly augmentation of Newtoun with duplication, 
service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the mill of 
Mauchlein, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 10th July 1579 ; 
witnesses, . (f. 93.) 

Charter confirming two charters (1) by Elizabeth Symone, 
daughter of the deceased Robert Symon of Dalquharne, 
to Andrew Miller in Muremill of the 5 s. 10 d. land of 
Dalquharne now occupied by John Beg in said lordship, 
paying yearly 5 s. 10 d., 2 d. for arreage and carriage, 
6 d. for bondage silver, and 2 s. 2d. of augmentation, 
with duplication, service at courts and in the field, thjrlage 
to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Dalquharne, 6th 
December 1574 ; witnesses, William Campbell, Tutor of 
Cesnok, John Lekpreuik in Dalquharne, Symon Symont, 
John Makroy and Robert Atkin. (2) Charter by Mathew 
Reid in Blaksyd to Andrew Miller in Muirmill in terms of 
contract dated at Cesnok, — February 1575, of the 2 s. 11 d. 
lands of Dalquharne occupied by the granter in said 
lordship, paying yearly 2 s. 11 d., 1| d. for arreage and 
carriage, 3 d. for bondage silver and 13 d. of augmentation 
with duplication, service at courts and thirlage to the mill 
of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Mauchlein, 23rd March 1575 ; 
witnesses, William Michell in Blaksyd, Robert Michell in 
Dawgan, Bernard Michell in Cathrin, Andrew Michell of 
Breyhed, James Rid in Hillar and John Gemmell, notary. 

Charter of confirmation dated (not completed). 

(f. 95.) 

Charter to John Kennedie of Brokloch, of the 5 merk 
lands of Brokloch in the lordship of Monkland and earldom 
of Carrik, paying yearly £5, and 6 s. 8 d. of augmentation 
with duplication at the entry of heirs. Dated Stirling, 
31st July and 1st August 1579. (f. 98.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mr. James Lauder 
as heir to his brother the deceased Robert Lauder of 



282 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Poppill, knight, in the lands of Panschlis, Preistlaw, Kyng- 
syd, Freirdykis, WinterscheUs, and Newgrange within 
the constabulary of Haddington and shire of Edinburgh. 
Dated at , 1579 ; witnesses, . (f. 99.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Thorbrand 
alias Will of the Kill in Lassuddin to John Thorbrand, 
his father, alias Kill, indweller there, in terms of contract 
between them dated at Hellidan, 31st August 1569, of a 
fourth part of a husbandland now occupied by the said 
John Thorbrand in the town and territory of Lassuddin, 
under reservation of the fishings of the water of Tweed 
belonging to the said lands of Lassuddin and the stone 
quarries, for the yearly payment of 9 s. 9 d. and other 
customary payments with duplication at the entry of 
heirs. Dated Lassuddin, 20th July 1576 ; witnesses, 
Thomas Duncanson, factor of Boldin, James Thorbrand 
alias Styll in Lassuddin, and William Thorbrand alias 
Styll, his brother german, Mark Keir, notary, Thomas Keir, 
rector of Dingvell, Thomas Keir, his natural son, and 
John Brydin, notary. There is a note of confirmation by 
the said William Thorbrand dated 17th August 1579. 

(f. 100.) 

Charter to Andrew Bowstoun, son and heir of the de- 
ceased Bowstoun in Melrose, of the lands called the 

Tuip medow and Voll medow being parts of the town and 
lands of Newsted with the teinds, now occupied by himself, 
paying yearly 20 s., and 2 s. of augmentation with dupli- 
cation and service at courts, etc. Dated last August 1579 ; 
witnesses, (f, 101.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Elizabeth Striueling, 
granddaughter and heir of the deceased William Striueling 
in Blainslie with consent of Robert Davidsone, her spouse, 
of William Muffat in Threpuod, John Striueling in Cadislie 
and George Muffat in Blainslie, her curators, and of Michael 
Dicson in Blainslie, George Greiff there, Allan Suynhous 
there and Edward Romainis there, curators of the said 
Robert Davidson, her spouse, to John Striueling in Blainslie 
her cousin, of the 22 s. 3 d. lands of Nether Blainslie with 



CHEILDLYELLIS CHAPEL 283 

croft, houses, etc. and the 22 s. 3 d. lands of Middiltoun of 
Blainslie with croft, houses, etc., with a part of the lands 
lying in rinrig and all rights, privileges and pertinents 
thereto belonging, being in all a 46 s. 6 d. land, which lands 
of Nether Blainslie and Middiltoun of Blainslie are bounded 
as follows : — On the west beginning at the burn called the 
Mosburne and thence extending and ascending towards 
the east to the Hallitcarne [Hollit karne], and thence 
ascending and extending towards the east to the stone 
called the standand stane in Rucherig and thence descend- 
ing and extending towards the east to the march dyke 
alias the Monks dyke, and thence extending towards the 
north to the chapel walls alias Cheildlyelis [child Lyellis] 
Chapelwallis,^ thence extending and descending by the burn 
called Milcieburn [Milsey burn] and thence extending 
towards the south and descending [ascending] to that cross 
called Lyellis Croce and thence descending [ascending] 

' The original is as follows : — 

' Ad muros capelle vocat ye chapell vallis seu alias cheild lyelis chapiluallis 
... ad illam cruce vocat Lyellis Croic. ' 

In Milne's Description of the Parish of Melrose, first published in 1743 *"d 
reprinted in Wade's History of Melrose Abbey, the above is rendered Cheildhellis 
(Wade, p. 78). The statement is also repeated by Cosmo Innes (Origines 
Parochiales, vol. i. p. 285), but a careful examination of the MS. volume con- 
taining the charter plainly shows that the word is Cheildlyellis, as given above, 
and further down we get Lyellis Croce, not Lillies cross as rendered by Milne. 
These lands by the same boundaries had previously, on 8th March 1546-7, 
been granted by the Commendator to William Hall (Laing Charters, No. 569). 
The lands of Lylestone, Lyolfstun or Lyolph's town, situated a short distance 
north of Lauder, were granted by Alan, son of Roland, Constable of Scotland, 
to Hugh de Abernethy, and confirmed to him by Alexander II. on i8th March 
1232-3. 

The charter of these lands is in the hands of Lord Amherst of Hackney, and 
on account of its local interest we give the following transcript of it : — 

Alexander Dei gratia Rex Scotorum omnibus probis hominibus tocius terre 
sue salutem. Sciant presentes et futuri nos concessisse et hac carta nostra 
confirmasse donationem illam quam Alanus filius RoUand constabularius noster 
fecit Hugoni de Abbirnithin consanguineo suo pro homagio et servicio suo de 
terra de Hulkylliston et de terra de Lyolinston in valle de Lawedyr : Tenendum 
et habendum dicto Hugoni et heredibus suis de dicto Alano et heredibus suis in 
feodo et hereditate et cum omnibus justis pertinenciis suis ita libere quiete 
plenarie et honorifice sicut carta dicti Alani filii RoUand constabularii nostri 
inde plenius confecta dicto Hugoni de Abbirnithin juste testatur, salvo servicio 
nostro : Testibus Willelmo de Bond[ington] cancellario Waltero Byset Johanne 
de Haya Ricardp Vuieth, Henrico de Abirpjthin, Willelmo de Munfichet, 



284 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and extending towards the south to that cross called the 
Hie Cross and thence extending and descending towards the 
south to that part of the burn called Helburnefurd and 
thence extending and descending by the said burn towards 
the east [to the lands] called Vuilkinis [Vilkinis] Hauch 
and thence extending and descending towards the south 
to the auld water gang of Midstreme of Ledder and thence 
extending and descending towards the south by the water 
gang and the middle thereof to the marches called the Erlis 
aiker and thence extending and ascending towards the 
west by the burn called Hauikscheilburn to that loch 
called the Over Loch and thence extending and ascending, 
towards the west to the ' commoun merkat get ' and thence 
extending and descending towards the west to a place called 
the Villiebuss at the Auld Dyk in Wyndelaw cruik and 
thence extending and ascending towards the north by the 
Blak Burne to the Blak Furd thereof and thence extending 
and ascending towards the north to the middle of the 
Helmoss, and thence extending and descending towards 
the north through the middle of the Helmos to the bum- 
called the Mosburne, lying in the lordship of Melrose and 
shire of Roxburgh, between the lands of the forest of 
Lauder on the north and the lands of the monastery of 
Dryburgh on the south, the lands of the Laird of Haltoun 
called Quhytfeild [Quhytsteid] and the lands of the 

Thoma de Normanuill, Roberto Byset, Roberto de Meyners, Apud Schon 
octavodecimo die Marcii anni regni domini regis nonodecimo, 

( Translation) 

Alexander, by the grace of God, King of Scotland. To all worthy men 
of his whole realm, greeting : Know ye, both present and to come that we 
have granted and by this our charter confirmed that disposition which Alan, 
son of Roland, our constable, made to Hugh of Abernethy, his kinsman 
(cousin), of the land of Hulkylliston and of the land of Lyolinston in Lauder- 
dale, for homage and service : To be had and held by the said Hugh and his heirs 
of the said Alan and his heirs in fee and heritage, and with all their rightful 
pertinents as freely, quietly, fully and honourably, as is more fully set forth in 
a charter made thereupon by the said Alan, son of Roland, our constable, to 
the said Hugh of Abernethy ; saving our service. Witnesses, William of 
Bondington, Chancellor, Walter Bisset, John of Hay, Richard Vuyeth, Henry 
of Abernethy, William of Mushet, Thomas of Normanviell, Robert Bisset, Robert, 
of Meyners ; at Scone, i8th day of March, 19th year of the King's reign. 



WILLIAM HALL IN BLAINSLIE 285 

monastery of Dryburgh and the lands of Birkinsyd 
respectively on the east and the lands of the said monas- 
tery of Melrose called Colmisliehill and Threpwodschaw 
respectively on the west, for the yearly payment of 48 s. 1 d. 
with service at courts and other services, duplication at 
the entry of heirs, etc. 'Dated Melrose, 19th August 
1579 ; witnesses, Thomas Lethem in Newtoun, John 
Romainis, elder, in Blainslie, and William Bredin, notary, 

dwelling in Selkirk. Charter of confirmation dated 

(not completed)^ (f. 102.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Davidsoun 
as heir to his father the deceased George Davidsoun 
in Blainslie, in the 44 s. 6 d. lands of Nether Blainslie with 
part of some lands lying in rinrig presently occupied by 
the said William Davidson, of which the boundaries are 
as in the preceding charter, paying yearly 48 s. 1 d. etc. 
Dated at (not completed). (f. 103.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet, Elizabeth, 
Isobella, Helen and Agnes Hall as lawful daughters and 
heirs portioners to the deceased William Hall in Blainslie, 
their father, in Ij husband lands in the town of Blainslie 
on the north side thereof, paying yearly 33 s. 4 d. Dated, 
August 1579. (f. 104.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Michael Jonstoun 
now in Blainslie as heir of the deceased William Jonstoun 
in Blainslie,. his father, in a husband land now occupied 
by the said Michael Jonstoun in the town and territory ol 
Blainslie on the north side of the said town between the 
lands of the Laird of Lauder on the north and the lands of 
the Commendator of Dryburgh on the east and south and 
our lands of Melrose on the west. (Not completed.) 

(f. 104.) 

Precept of Clare Constat of John Romanus in Blainslie. 
James, by divine permission Commendator of Melrose 
and the convent thereof, to our bailies in that part 
greeting. Whereas it is clearly understood by us that 
the deceased John Romanus, elder, in Blainslie, father of 
John Romanus, bearer of these presents, died [last infeft 



286 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and seased as of fee at the faith and peace of his sovereign] 
in all and whole our two husband lands with their per- 
tinents lying in our town of Blainslie on the north side 
thereof, thence descending to the burn called Milsieburne 
towards the north and thence to the burn called Helme- 
burne towards the south and north [sic] and thence to that 
dyke called Vindilawcruk towards the west to the middle 
of the Helmoss between the said town of Blainslie and the 
town of Threpvod, and towards the south to the burn called 
the Helscheburne made [confectum] by Stephen Hunter 
and James Darling, lying in our lordship of Melrose and 
sheriffdom of Roxburgh between the lands of the Lord 
of Laudir on the north and the lands of the Commendator 
and Convent of Dryburgh on the ea§t and south, and our 
lands of Melrose on the west ; and that the said John 
Romanus, younger, is son and nearest heir of the said 
deceased John Romanus, elder, his father ; and that he is 
of lawful age ; and that the said two husband lands with 
their pertinents are held in chief of us and our successors 
in feufarm and heritage for yearly payment of 44 s. 6 d. 
with 5 s. 4 d. of augmentation payable at the terms used 
and wont, with two carriages in Lothian and six and 
a half poultry, as is more fully contained in the old infeft- 
ment of the said deceased John Romanus, elder : Therefore 
we require and command you, etc. [to give sasine, etc. to 
the said John Romanus, younger, etc., in the said subjects.] 

(f. 104.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Clark as 
heir to his deceased father, Robert Clark of Blainslie, in 
two husband lands of Blainslie on the north side thereof 
now occupied by the said William Clark between the lands 
of the Laird of Lauder on the north, the lands of the Com- 
mendator of Dryburgh on the east and south, and our 
lands of Melrose on the west, paying yearly 44 s. 6 d. with 
5 s. 4 d. of augmentation, two carriages in Lothian and 
7 poultry. (f. 105.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Edward Lome as 
heir to his father, the deceased James Lome in Blainslie, 



ROMANUS CHARTER 287 

of one husband land in the town and territory of BlainsHe 
on the north side thereof, presently occupied by the said 
Edward Lome and Agnes Lamb, his mother. (f. 105.) 

Charter of Edward Romanus. — ^To all who shall see or 
hear this charter, James by divine permission Com- 
mendator of the monastery of Melrose, and the convent 
thereof, greeting in the Lord everlasting. Wit ye us with 
consent of our dearest cousin coadjutor and adminis- 
trator arid iconimus to us and to our said monastery, 
having full and sufficient power to receive tenants to 
whatsoever lands belonging to our said monastery, to have 
seen a certain charter of alienation of all and whole the 
half of a husband land with houses, buildings, tofts, crofts, 
gardens, now occupied by Edward Romanus in Blainslie 
with its whole pertinents, which charter, carefully con- 
sidered and examined by our foresaid administrator and 
found to be free from all vitiation and suspicion, is more 
fully set forth in the following words : — To all who shall 
see or hear this charter, John Romanus wisheth greeting 
in the Lord everlasting. Wit ye me with express consent 
and assent of John Romanus my son and apparent heir, 
not conduced thereto by force, fear or fraud, but of my 
own pure, free and voluntary will and for the special love 
and favour which I have and bear towards my beloved 
lawful son Edward Romanus, to have given granted and 
in feufarm heritably demitted and by this my present 
charter confirmed, likeas I give, grant, and in feufarm 
heritably demit and by this my present charter confirm 
to the said Edward Romanus my. son in liferent for all the 
days of his lifetime, likewise to John Romanus his son and 
apparent heir, whom failing to the lawful and nearest heirs 
lawfully begotten or to be begotten of the body of the said 
Edward, whom all failing, to the lawful and nearest heirs 
whomsoever of the said John, all and whole my half of a 
husband land with houses, buildings, tofts, crofts, gardens, 
now occupied by the said Edward, with their whole per- 
tinents, lying in rindall within the town and territory of 
Blainslie, lordship of Melrose and sheriffdom of Roxburgh : 



288 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Having and holding, all and whole my half of a husband 
land foresaid with pertinents occupied as above by the said 
Edward and lying as is aforesaid, to the foresaid Edward 
in liferent for all the days of his life, and to the said John 
and his heirs foresaid and assignees, heritably, of me and 
my heirs in fee and heritage and in free blench farm for 
ever by all their right meaths ancient and divided as they 
lie in length and breadth in houses, buildings, yards, fields, 
ways, paths, standing and running waters, meadows, 
pastures and pasturages, mills, multures and their sequels, 
hawkings, huntings, fishings, peataries, turferies, coals, 
coalheughs, doves, dovecots, rabbits, rabbit warrens, 
smithies, brew-houses, brushwood, broom, woods, plant- 
ings, copses, fijewood and thatch, quarries, stone and lime, 
with courts and their exits, herields, bloodwites, and 
markets of women, with common pasture, free ish and 
entry, and with all and sundry other liberties, commodities, 
profits, easements and their just pertinents whatsoever 
as well not named as named, under the earth and above, 
near and remote, pertaining or which may justly be held 
to belong to my foresaid half husband land with pertinents, 
in any manner of way in time comiug, freely, quietly, 
fully, entirely, honourably well and in peace without any 
obstruction recal gainsaying or hindrance : Paying there- 
for yearly the said Edward Romanus during the whole 
period of his life, and the said John and his heirs foresaid, 
to me and my heirs one penny usual money of the realm 
of Scotland upon the ground of the said lands at Whit- 
sunday in name of blenchfarm if asked, and to the abbot 
and convent of the monastery of Melrose and their suc- 
cessors the sum of 12 s. and 5 d. money foresaid at two 
terms in the year, viz. Whitsunday and Martinmas in 
winter by equal portions, with one and a half poultry 
and half a carriage, and that for all other burden exaction 
demand or secular service which from the said half husband 
land with pertinents can justly by any whomsoever be 
anywise asked or required. And I forsooth John Romanus 
with express consent and assent of the said John my son 
and heir apparent, and my [sic] heirs foresaid, shall 



ROMANUS CHARTER 289 

warrant acquit and for ever defend all and whole my half 
husband land with houses, buildings, tofts, crofts and 
gardens foresaid and their whole pertinents, to the fore- 
said Edward Romanus during the whole period of his life, 
and to the said John his son and apparent heir, and the 
heirs abovewritten, in all and by all against everything 
deadly. In witness of the which thing to this present 
charter subscribed with my hand my own proper seal is 
appended, with the subscription manual of the said John 
my son and apparent heir in manner following in token of 
his consent and assent, at Blainslie the seventh day of 
May 1578, in presence of these witnesses, Thomas Scot in 
Hanein [?], William Chein in Blainslie, Gavin Carter there, 
William Haw, younger, there, and John Bryden, notary 
public, with divers others. Jhone Romanus, elder, with 
my hand touching the pen led by the notary underwritten ; 
Jhone Romanus, younger, with my hand at the pen led 
by the notary public underwritten ; That it is so John 
Brydein, notary public called to the premises, subscribing 
with his own hand, affirms. Which charter of alienation so 
made and by us carefully considered and examined as is 
aforesaid we ratify approve and for us and our successors 
for ever confirm in all its points, clauses and articles in 
form and effect as is abovewritten. In witness whereof 
to the premises subscribed with our hand and the sub- 
scriptions of our said coadjutor and the convent of our 
said monastery in manner following, the common seal 
of the chapter of our said monastery is appended, at our 

said monastery the day of August 1579, before these 

witnesses. (f. 105.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander Anderson 
as heir to his father, the deceased William Andersone in 
Ridpetht, in 1| husbandlands of the lands of Ridpetht 
now occupied by the said Alexander Anderson with pas- 
turage in the commonty of Arphiltoun [sic] ^ in the lordship 
of Melrose and shire of Berwick, paying yearly 33 s. 6 d., 
4 poultry and 1| carriages with duplication. (f. 106.) 

^ In another part of the deed it is Arfiltoun, perhaps misread by the clerk for 
Arsiltoun (Earlston). 

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290 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Coit as heir of 
his father, the deceased Richard Cot, in Lassuddin in half a 
husbandland with toft and garden in the town and terri- 
tory of Lassuddin now occupied by the said John, paying 
yearly 18 s. 6 d. and other customary payments, (f. 106.) 

Precept ^ of Clare Constat, in favour of James Vyns as 
heir to his father, the deceased James Vyns, in a husband 
land held for payment of 36 s., etc. (f, 106.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Richertsone as 
heir to his father, the deceased Thomas Richertsone, in half 
a husbandland held for payment of 18 s. 6 d. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of Walter Jamesone, son of 
John Jamesone, in a husband land held for payment of 
36 s. 10 d. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine to David Richertsone, son of Thomas 
Richertson, in half a husband land held for payment of 
18 s. 6 d. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of John Cowquherne, son of 
James Cowquherne, in a husband land held for payment 
of 18 s. 6 d. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of John Hunter, son of 
Thomas Hunter, in a husband land held for payment of 
36 s. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of Thomas Jamesone, son 
of John Jamesone, in | of a husband land held for pay- 
ment of 27 s. 9 d. with 18 d. for three poultry or in all 
29 s. 3 d. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of John Kyll, brother german 
of the deceased Thomas Kyll, in a husband land held for 
payment of 36 s., etc. (f. 106.) 

Precept of Sasine, in favour of John GibSone, son of the 
deceased Martin Gibsone, in J of a husband land held for 
payment of 9 s. 3 d. etc. (f. 106.) 



' In this and the following abstracts no place names are given, but they seem 
all to refer to Lessudden. 



FISCHERS IN MEKILWOOD 291 

Charter confirming a charter by John (George) Reid of 
Markland, of the half of the 20 s. lands of Bruntscheill 
which belonged to the said George (sic) as heir apparent 
served to the deceased James Reid, his brother german, but 
reserving the liferent of the said lands to Margaret Reid, 
widow of the said James Reid, which lands lie in the lord- 
ship of Kyllismuir. . . . (Not completed, and the charter not 
inserted.) (f. 108.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Fischer 
now in Mekilwod as heir of the deceased Alexander Fischer 
in Mekilwod, his father, in the 2 s. lands of Mekilwod in 
said lordship, paying yearly 3 s. 7 d. Dated Edinburgh, 
1st February 1579 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Edward 
Mekiljhon and James Prymrois, servitors of the Iconimus, 

(f. 109.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Hamiltoun in 
BarnweUl to William Patersone in Mauchling, of the 10 d. 
lands of Jakkisyeardis and Newlandis with commonty 
rights in the Moswod of Machleine lying among the £10 
lands of the Mains of Machleine in said lordship, paying 
yearly 6 s. 8 d., and 3 d. of augmentation with duplication 
at the entry of heirs and other services used and wont. 
Dated Mauchling, 13th October 1578 ; witnesses, Mungo 
Cambell, younger of Brounsyd, John Spottiswod of 
Fowlar, Mr. Peter Prymrois, minister at Mauchling, David 
Cawchaid, burgess of Ayr, James Donald in Kathreine, 
John Angus, notary, and John Kennedie, his servant. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 2nd 
February 1579 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Edward 
Mekiljhone and James Prymrose, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 109.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Hugh Farquhar 
now in the Schaw as heir to his father, the deceased Hugh 
Farquhar in the Schaw, in the 13 s. 4 d. lands of the Schaw 
in said lordship, paying yearly 18 s. 4 d. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 27th February 1579. (f. 111.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Margaret Mitchel, 
wife of William Smith in Bogend, as heir to her brother the 



292 MELROSE REGALITY RECpRDS 

deceased John Mitchel in Logan, in the 6 s. lands of Over 
Logan and the 4 s. 4 d. lands of Logan in said lordship, 
which Margaret Mitchell is elder and one of six lawful 
and nearest heirs portioners of the deceased John Mitchell, 
her brother, in the said lands, paying yearly 22 s. l|d. 
Dated Edinburgh, 27th February 1579 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, Adam Maistertoun and James Prymros 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 111.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Christina, Janet, 
Elizabeth, elder, Elizabeth, younger, and Margaret, 
younger, as heirs portioners of their deceased brother, 
John Mitchel in Over Logan in the six merk lands of Over 
Logan and 4 s. 4 d. lands of Logan in said lordship, paying 
yearly 22 s. l^- d. Dated Edinburgh, —March 1579. (f. 111.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Duncan in Over 
Logan, to Mr. Peter Prymros, minister at Mauchleine, of 
the 8 s. 8 d. lands of Over Logan now occupied by the said 
John Duncan in said lordship, paying yearly 8 s. 8 d. 
and 4^ d. for arreage and carriage, 4 J d. for bondage silver 
and 3 s. 4| d. of augmentation, with duplication at the 
entry of heirs, service at courts and in the field, thirlage 
to the mill of Mauchling, etc. Dated Cumnok, 12th Feb- 
ruary 1579 ; witnesses, John Reid of Ballochmill, elder, 
Hugh Reid, his brother german, William Smyth in Bogeend, 
Robert Smyth his brother, and John Gemmell, notary. 

The charter of confirmation is dated at ; witnesses , 

(f. 112.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet Reid as heir 
of the deceased William Reid of Chepelhous, her father, 
in the 40 s. lands of Chepelhous in said lordship, paying 
yearly 57 s. 3 d. (f. 114.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Ritchert 
as heir of the deceased "NVilliam Ritchert in Mauchlein, his 
father, in the 20 d. lands of Jakisyardis now occupied by 
the said Robert Ritchert with pasturage in the Mosward of 
Mauchlein in said lordship, paying yearly 7 s. 2| d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 4th May 1580 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, 



CARCHART OF CARRILTOUN 293 

Patrick Patersoun and Edward Mekiljhon, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 114.) 

Obligation by John Carchart {sic) of Carriltoun narrating 
that he has presented to the Iconimus in name of Margaret 
Carchart, his sister, widow of Robert Farquhar, an instru- 
ment of resignation of the 18 s. 3 d. land of Clonschameroch, 
the 40 s. land of Gilmuliscroft with the mansion place and 
walk mill of the same, and the £4 land of the Kenns in 
said lordship, made by the deceased Robert Farquhar, 
lawful son and heir apparent to Alexander Farquhar of 
Gilmuliscroft in the hands of the said Alexander Farquhar 
as superior of the said lands in favour of Margaret Carchart, 
■ spouse to the said Robert Farquhar and for joint infeft- 
ment to be taken to the said Robert Farquhar and Margaret 
Carchart, and to their children ; and that after the said 
resignation the said Alexander Farquhar gave sasine of the 
foresaid lands of Gilmuliscroft with the mansion place, 
walk mill, the 18 s. 4 d. lands of Clonschameroch and the 
£4 land of Kenns to the said Robert Farquhar, who was 
personally present, and to Robert Cambell of Kenzean- 
cleuch as attorney for the said Margaret Carchart under 
reservation of the liferent of the said Alexander Farquhar 
and Jonet Cambell, his spouse ; and because the said 
John Carchart of Carriltoun has presented in name of his 
said sister the said instrument of resignation and obtained 
confirmation thereupon but showed no heritable title of 
the said lands as being held in feufarm of the Commen- 
dator, therefore he obliges himself that if the said Alex- 
ander Farquhar has no charter of feufarm or heritable 
title to the said lands, that in that case this confirmation 
shall be of no force or effect. Dated Edinburgh, 24th June 
1580 ; witnesses, Alexander, Commendator of Culros, 
Archibald Dundas, Edward Mekiljhone and John Carchart, 
son to the said John Carchart. The deed is signed Jhone 
Cathcart of Carltoun. (f. 115.) 

Charter confirming an instrument of sasine made by 
Alexander Farquhar of Gilmyliscroft to the deceased 
Robert Farquhar, his son and heir apparent, and Margaret 



294 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Carchart, spouse of the said deceased Robert Farquhar, 
and their heirs male, of the lands of Gilmuliscroft with 
the mansion and fulling mill thereof, the 18 s. 4 d. lands 
of Clonschameroch and the £4 lands of Kenns in the said 
lordship, which sasine is dated 9th August 1579 under the 
hands of James Ross, notary, clerk of the diocese of 
Glasgow ; witnesses, William Allan in Mauchlein, George 
Cambell, brother german of Robert Cambell of Kenzean- 
cleuch, James Mitchel in Burnheid and William Mekil- 
morrow, servitor to the notary. The charter of confir- 
mation is dated Edinburgh, 5th May 1580. (f. 115.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Hugh Wilsoun 
now in Nether Bargour as heir to the deceased George 
Wilsoun of Nether Bargour, his father, in the 9 s. lands 
of Nether Bargour in said lordship, paying yearly 18 s. 
5| d. Dated Edinburgh, 6th December 1580 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundass, Edward Mekiljhon, James Prymros, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 116.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William McConnell in 
Corshill to his son, John McConnell, younger, of the 10 s. 
lands of Nether Wode in the said lordship, paying yearly 
10 s. 4 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver 
and 3 s. 9 d. of augmentation with duplication at the entry 
of heirs, service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the 
mill at Mauchlein, etc. Dated Cumnok, 17th December 
1580 ; witnesses, Andrew Millar in Muirmiln, John 
Hamiltoun in Chepelhous, John Garner, John Gemmell 
and James Gib, notaries. The charter of confirmation is 
dated Edinburgh, 14th January 1580 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundass, James Prymros and James Masterton, servitors 
to the Iconimus. (f. 117.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Andrew Farquhar in 
Logan to George Farquhar, younger, his son, of the 
9s. 2d. lands of Over Logan in said lordship, now 
occupied by the granter, paying yearly 13 s. 8 d. with 
duplication at entry of heirs, service at courts and in the 
field and thirlage to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated 
Over Logane, 3rd January 1580 ; witnesses, George 



HODGE OF WELTOUN 295 

Ferquhar in Gilmuliscroft, Adam Aird in Kathreine, John 
Ferquhar there and John Gemmell, notary. The charter 
of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 4th January 1580 ; 
witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James Prymros and James 
Maistertoun, servitors of the Iconimus. (f. 118.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Hodge (Hoge) in 
Weltoun, to Katherine Hodge, his daughter, and her heirs 
or assignees, of the 10 d. lands of Weltoun now occupied 
by him in said lordship, paying yearly 6 s. 8 d. and 
3| d. of augmentation with duplication service at courts 
and in the field, thirlage to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. 
Dated Weltoun, 2nd July 1574 ; witnesses, Thomas Boyn 
in Weltoun and John Roger in Mauchlein. The charter 
of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 24th January 1580 ; 
witnesses, Archibald Dundass, James Prymros and Robert 
Sword, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 119.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Duncan in Logan 
to Mr. Peter Prymrois, minister of Mauchlein, of the 
4 s. 4 d. land in Logan with mansion, garden and build- 
ings thereon occupied by the said John in said lordship, 

paying yearly , with duplication at the entry of heirs, 

etc. Dated Over Logane, 17th December 1580 ; witnesses, 
William Smyth in Bogend, Hugh Crawfurd of Crukitbank 
and Hugh Crawfurd, merchant. The charter of confir- 
mation is dated Edinburgh, 10th February 1580 ; wit- 
nesses, David Dunbar, . (f. 121.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert McGawan in 
Little Fordell to Adam Aird in Katherein in liferent 
and John Aird, his second son, heritably, of the 31 d. 
lands of Weltoun presently occupied by himself in said 
lordship, paying 1 d., if asked. Dated Weltoun, 14th 
May 1572 ; witnesses, George Cambell of Montgarswod, 
Bernard Mitchel in Katherine, William Reid in Nether- 
field and John Mathie in Some. The charter of confir- 
mation is dated Edinburgh, 13th February 1580 ; witnesses 
Archibald Dundass, James Prymrois and Robert Sword, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 122.) 



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Charter confirming a charter by John Robein, younger, 
in Girsyards, to James Spottiswode, elder, in Hoilhous, in 
liferent, and James Spottiswode, his son, heritably, of the 
22 d. lands of Girsyards in said lordship, paying yearly 
4 s. 8| d., with duplication at the entry of heirs, etc. 
Dated Cumnok, 2nd February 1580 ; witnesses, Thomas 
Boyn in Weltoun, James Reid in Willokishill, John 
Duncan in Hoill and John Gardner. The charter of con- 
firmation is dated Edinburgh, 13th February 1580 ; 
witnesses, Archibald Dundass, Edward Mekiljhon and 
Robert Sword, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 122.) 

Charter confirming a charter by George Mich ell of 
Dalsanguane to his cousin, James Michell of Burnheid, in 
the 40 d. lands of Dalsanguen now occupied by the granter 
in said lordship, paying yearly 3 s. 4 d., 1 J d. for arreage 
and carriage, 4 J d. for bondage silver and 15 d. of augmen- 
tation, with duplication, service at courts and in the field, 
thirlage to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Mauchlein, 
20th June 1575 ; witnesses, George Cambell of Montgars- 
wod, Adam Aird in Over Katheren, Andrew Michel of 
Braheid and John Thomson. The charter of confirmation 
is dated Edinburgh, last February 1580 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundass, Edward Mekiljhone and James 
Dundas, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 124.) 

Charter confirming a precept of sasine by Robert Cambell 
of Kinzancleuch and Elizabeth Cambell, his spouse, for 
infefting James Michell of Burnheid in the 30 d. lands in 
Neddervode being the half of the 5 s. lands of old extent 
now occupied by William Richert in Harwood in said 
lordship. The precept is directed to William Ryd as 
bailie and is dated Kinzancleuch, 24th July 1565 ; wit- 
nesses, Andrew Michel of Breheid, Robert Cambell, brother 
german of John Cambell in Sandhill, Robert Miller ih 
Hach, and Thomas Caldow. The charter of confirmation 
is dated Edinburgh, 18th February 1580 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, Robert Sword and James Dundas, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 125.) 



CUNNINGHAM OF CAPRINTON 297 

Charter confirming a charter by John Wassoun, fiar of 
the lands aftermentioned, to James Brown in Auchinvert 
and Janet Vasgoun, his spouse, in terms of contract dated 
at Auchmennoch, 23rd April 1572, of the 10 s. lands of 
Auchmennoch now occupied by the granter and John 
Anderson, his sub-tenant, in said lordship, paying yearly 
10 s., and 12 d. of augmentation with duplication at the 
entry of heirs, service at courts, etc. Dated Auchmennoch, 
23th April 1572 ; witnesses, Hugh Cambell of Killoch, 
George Brown in Crofthead, John Wassoun, son of the 
granter, John Reid of Auchinchoche and John Lockhart, 

notary. The charter of confirmation is dated at ; 

witnesses (f. 126.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunningham of 
Caprintoun to John Reid, elder, in Carleith, of the 4 s. 9 d. 
lands of Karleitht now occupied by the said John in said 
lordship, paying yearly 4 s. 9 d., and 5 d. of augmentation 
with duplication at the entry of heirs, service at courts, 
etc. Dated Mauchlein, 23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, Hugh 
Cambell of Killoch, William Cunningham, son and heir 
apparent of the granter, John Mur of Perk and George 
Angus, notary. The charter of confirmation is dated at 
; witnesses (f. 127.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet Lockhart as 
heir of her mother the deceased Janet Anderson, spouse 
of Alexander Lockhart in Auchmerling, in the 6 s. 8 d. 
lands of Auchmerling now occupied by the said Alexander 

in said lordship, paying yearly 10 s. 2 d. Dated at ; 

witnesses (f. 129.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Rid as heir 
of the deceased John Rid, elder, in Carleitht, his father, in 
the 4 s. 9 d. lands of Karleitht, formerly occupied by the 
said John Reid in said lordship, paying yearly 5s. 2d. 

Dated at ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James Dundas 

and James Prymros, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 129.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunnyngham 
of Caprintoun to Thomas Vassoun in Achincloch of the 
3 s. f d. lands of Achincloche now occupied by the said 



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Thomas Vassoun in said lordship, paying yearly 3 s. | d., 
4 d. of augmentation, etc., as in the charter to John Rid 
above. (f. 129.) 

Note of Charter to James Reid of the 4 s, 9 d. lands of 

Carleyth. Dated at Edinburgh, April 1581 ; witnesses, 

Archibald Dundas, James Primrois and Robert Burall, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 130.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunnyngham 
of Caprintoun to Thomas Holme in Carleyth of the 
13 s. 4 d. lands of Carleyth which the said Thomas now 
occupies, in said lordship, paying yearly 4 s. 9 d., and 5 d. 
of augmentation, with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts, etc. Dated at Mauchlein, 23rd May 
1569 ; witnesses, Hugh Cambell of Kylloch, William Cun- 
nyngham, son and heir of the granter, John Mur of Perk. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 15th April 
1581 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James Prjonrois and 
Edward Mekiljhone, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 130.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunnyngham 
of Caprintoun to James Pawtoun in Carleyth of the 
13 s. 4 d. lands of Carleyth now occupied by him in said 
lordship, paying yearly 13 s. 4f d., and 16 d. of augmenta- 
tion, with duplication, service at courts, etc. (The testing 
clause of the charter is omitted.) The charter of con- 
firmation is dated Edinburgh, 15th April 1581 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 131.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Richemonth of 
Auchinclocht to his son, John Richemonth, of the 6 s. f d. 
lands of Auchincloch, which John Wassoune and John 
Michell with Katherine Bond, his spouse, now occupy, 
lying in said lordship, paying yearly 6 s. l|d., and 8d. of 
augmentation with duplication at the entry of heirs, ser- 
vice at courts, etc. Dated Bankhed and Galstoun, 30th 
January 1580 ; witnesses, John Lokhart, grandson and 
heir apparent of John Loldiart of Bare, Murdoch Lolchart 
in HoU in Burnfuit in Richertoun, and Edward, Adam, and 
John Sim in Galstoun. The charter of confirmation is 
dated Edinburgh, 26th April 1581 ; same witnesses. 

(f. 132.) 



VASSOUN OP AUCHINCLOCH 299 

Charter confirming two cliarters (1) by Thomas Wassoun 
in Bameflat to James Ritchmont in Auchincloch of the 
3 s. I d. lands of Auchincloch presently occupied by him- 
self and Catherine Boyne in said lordship, paying yearly 
3 s. J d., and 4 d. of augmentation, with duplication, 
service at courts, etc. Dated Somhill, 20th April 1571 ; 
witnesses, Alexander Lochart of Auchmilling, Donald 
Ritchmonth in Nithbein and John Lochart, notary. (2) 
Charter by John Vassoun in Achincloych to the said James 
Rechmonth of the other 3 s. J d. lands of Achincloych 
which the said John Vassoun now occupies (this charter 
is not extended) ; dated at Colgove, 21st November 1570 ; 
witnesses, Alexander Lochart of Auchmeilling, Donald 
Ritchmonth in Inchbein and John Lochart, notary. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 25th April 
1581 ; same witnesses. (f. 133.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by William Cun- 
nyngham of Caprintoun to John Wassoun and Margaret 
Cunninghame, his spouse, of the 10 s. lands of Auch- 
munnoch, paying yearly 10 s. and 12 d. of augmentation 
with duplication, service at courts, etc. Dated Mauchlein, 
23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, Hugh Campbell of Killoch, 
William Cunninghame, ' my ' son and heir apparent, John 
Mure of Park and George Angus, notary. The charter of 
confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 24th April 1581 ; wit- 
nesses, Archibald Dundas, James Prymros and David 
Aikine, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 134.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter to John Vassoun 
in Achincloch of the 6 s. 1| d. lands of Achincloch which 
he now occupies in said lordship, paying yearly 6s. 3d. 
and 8 d. of augmentation with duplication, service at 
courts, etc. Dated Mauchlein, 23rd May 1569 ; witnesses 
as in the charter immediately preceding. The charter of 
confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 26th April 1581 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 135.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by William 
Cunningham of Caprintoun to John Rid in Auchincloche 
of the 12 s. 3d. lands of Auchinchoche presently occupied 



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by the said John Rid in said lordship, paying yearly 
12 s. 3 d. and 16^ d. of augmentation, with duplication, 
etc. Dated Machlein, 23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, Hugh 
Cambell of Killoehe and William Cunningham, son and 
heir apparent of the granter. The charter of confir- 
mation is dated Edinburgh, 24th April 1581 ; same 
witnesses. ^ (f. 135.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunningham 
of Caprintoun to George Reid, lawful son of the deceased 
John Reid in Montgarswod, of the 14 s. 10 d. lands of 
Montgarswod presently occupied by the said George Reid 
in said lordship, paying yearly 14 s. 10 d., and 21 d. of 
augmentation with duplication, service at courts, etc. 
Dated Mauchleine, 23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, Hugh 
Campbell of Killoch, William Cunningham, son and heir 
apparent of the granter, John Mure of Park, and George 
Angus, notary. The charter of confirmation is dated 
Edinburgh, 4th May 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas 
James Prymros and Thomas Boyn. (f. 136.) 

Precept of Clofre Constat, in favour of Janet Reid as heir 
of the deceased William Rid of Chapilhous, her father, in 
the 40 s. lands of Chapelhous in said lordship, paying 
yearly 57 s. 3 d. Dated Edinburgh, 4th May 1581 ; wit- 
nesses, Archibald Dundas, James Prymros and Edward 
Mekiljhone, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 137.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Agnes VUsone, 
spouse of Andrew Symont in Montgarswod, Janet Wilsoun, 
spouse of James Grey in Weltoun and Margaret, Marjory 
and Elizabeth Wilsoun, all daughters of the deceased 
John Vilsoun in Oxinschaw in the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Oxin- 
schaw in said lordship, paying yearly 10 s. 2d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 1st June 1581 ; same witnesses. (f. 137.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunnyngham 
of Caprintoun to Richard Smyth in Carleyth of the 4 s. 9 d. 
lands of Carleyth now occupied by the said Richard in the 
said lordship, paying yearly 4 s. 9 d., and 5 d. of augmen- 
tation, with duplication at the entry of heirs, service at 
courts, etc. Dated Mauchlein, 23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, 



LANDS OF KNOKINSHERT 301 

Hugh Cambell of Killocht, John Mur of Park, WilHam 
Cunningham, son and heir apparent of the granter, and 
George Angus, notary. The charter of confirmation is 
dated Edinburgh, 8th July 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Prymros and Robert Suord, servitors to 
the Iconimus. (f. 137.) 

Note of Charter to William Reid of the 4 s. 9 d. lands 
of Carleyth corresponding in all respects with the preced- 
ing charter to Richard Smyth ; omitted for the sake of 
brevity. (f. 138.) 

Charter to Robert Richert (Richartsoun in margin) of 
the three merk lands of Clonaye and the 16 s. 8 d. lands of 
Knokquhynschert occupied by John Cunningham and 
Margaret Bannantine in the lordship of Monkland, and 
earldom of Carrik, which lands belonged to Umphray 
Richert of Clonnay and were resigned by him, paying 
yearly for Clonnay three merks and for Knokquhynschert 
16 s. 8 d., and 40 d. and 20 d. of augmentation for these re- 
spectively with duplication, service at courts, etc., reserv- 
ing the liferent to the said Umphray. Dated Edinburgh, 
15th June 1581 ; same witnesses. (f. 141.) 

Charter to Robert Richert, son and heir apparent of 
Umphray Richert of Clonnaye and Margaret Fergushill, 
daughter of Archibald Fergushill, burgess of Ayr, his future 
spouse, in conjunct fee, of the 16 s. 8 d. lands of Knokin- 
shert presently occupied by John Wilsoun in said lordship 
of Monkland, and which formerly belonged to Umphray 
Richert of Clonnaye and were resigned by him, paying 
yearly 16 s. 8 d., and 20 d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation, service at courts, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 15th 
June 1581 ; same witnesses. (f. 142.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Pawtoun as 
heir of the deceased James Pawtoun in Carleyth, his father, 
in the 13 s. 4 d. lands of Carleyth in the lordship of Kyllis- 
muir, paying, yearly 14 s. 8|d. Dated Edinburgh, 15th 
June 1581 ; same witnesses. (f. ,143.) 



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Charter confirming a charter by WilHam Cunnyngham 
of Caprintoun to Andrew Raid in Auchmunnoch of the 
5 s. lands of Auchmunnoch which the said Andrew now 
occupies in said lordship, paying yearly 5 s., and 6 d. of 
augmentation with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts, etc. Dated as the charter to Richard 
Smyth. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
15th June 1581 ; same witnesses. (f. 143.) 

Precept by Alexander, Commendator of Cuhos, as ad- 
ministrator of the monastery of Melrose, in terms of letters 
from the Lords of Council directing sasine to be given to 
Dame Katherine Ker, lady of the conjunct fee of the lands 
of Danzealtoun, in liferent, and to John Ker, brother 
german and heir of provision of the deceased Andrew 
Ker, and his heirs, as heritable feuars of the town, lands 
and teinds of Danzealtoun, to be held in feufarm as freely 
as the deceased Gilbert Balfour of Vastray or Archibald 
Balfour, his son and heir, formerly held the same, paying 
yearly six chalders of barley or 8 s. for every boll with 20 s. 
of augmentation, duplication at the entry of heirs, etc. 
Dated Edinburgh, 15th July 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, David Aikaine and James Prymros, servitors to 
the Iconimus. (f. 144.) 

Charter to John Wilsoun, son and heir apparent of the 
deceased Richard Wilsoun of Monkarde, of the 6 s. 8 d. 
lands of Ard and the 5 s. lands of Meikilwode called 
Reddinheid lying in the lordship of Kyllismuir, which 
formerly belonged to !^ichard Wilsoun, father of the said 
John Wilsoun, resigned by him in favour of his son, paying 
yearly 11 s. 8 d., and 5 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for 
bondage silver and 4 s. 4 d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation at the entry of heirs, service at qourts and in the 
field and thirlage, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 10th November 
1581 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundass, James Prymrois and 
Edward Mekiljhone, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 145.) 

Charter to George Reid, son and heir apparent of Andrew 
Reid in Auchtmunnoch, of the 5 s. lands of Auchinmunnocht 
in said lordship, which formerly belonged to the said 



MITCHELLS OF LOGAN 303 

Andrew Reid, paying yearly 5 s., and 6 d. of augmen- 
tation, with duplication, service at courts, etc. Dated 
Edinburgh, November 1581 ; same witnesses, (f, 146.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Karne- 
korse now of Colmislie as heir to the deceased Robert 
Karnekorse of Colmislie, -his father, in the mill of Newtoun 
with the multures thereof, paying the duties contained in 
the old infeftments thereof. Dated Edinburgh, Nov- 
ember 1581 ; witnesses, (f. 147.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Christina, Janet, Bessie, 
elder, Bessie, younger, and Margaret Michell, sisters and 
heirs portioners of the deceased John Michell in Logan, 
to Robert Michell, brother german of the deceased Andrew 
Michell of Brayhed, of their five parts of the 14 s. 10 d. 
lands of Logan with the pertinents, extending to a 12 s. 3 J d 
and I d. land, each part extending to a 2 s. 5\ d. and ^ d. 
land in the lordship of Kyllismuir ; also another charter 
by Margaret Michell, lawful sister and one of the six sisters 
and heirs portioners of the foresaid deceased John Michel, 
with consent of William Smyth of Bogend, her spouse, 
to the foresaid Robert Michell of her sixth part of the fore- 
said 14 s. 10 d. land of Logan, extending likewise to a 
2 s. 5| d. and ^ d. land ; both charters dated Over Logan, 
the former on 7th March 1579 ; witnesses, John Cambell of 
Logan, Adam Aird, elder of Kathrein, Robert Wilsoun in 
Lindsayhill, and John Duncan in Logan, and the latter on 
14th December 1580 ; witnesses, David Durie of Garpoill, 
William Michell in Blaksyd, Patrick Michell of Burnhed, 
Hugh Crawfurd in Brakhawhill, Thomas Browning in 
Blakbriggis, and Robert Smyth in Gilmuliscroft. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 6th December 
1581 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James Pr5Tnros, 
Edward Mekiljhone and James Maistertoun. (f. 147.) 

Charter to Mr. Peter Prymros, minister of the gospel at 
Mauchleine, of the 4 s. 4 d. lands of Over Logan occupied 
by John Duncan in said lordship, which belonged to 
Robert Michell in Logan and were resigned by him, paying 
yearly 6 s. 4 d., with duplication at the entry of heirs. 



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service at courts, etc. Dated Edinburgh, December 

1581 ; witnesses, , (f. 150.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Allan as 
heir to the deceased John Allan, his brother, in the 22 d. 
lands of Gresyardis in said lordship. Dated Edinburgh, 
1st February 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James 
Prymros and Robert Bruce, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 151.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander 
Farquhar as heir to his father the deceased William 
Farquhar in the 7 s. 6 d. lands of Hoilhous of Dalsangen in 
said lordship, paying yearly 11 s. 4 d. Dated at Edinburgh, 
1st February 1581 ; witnesses as in the last precept. 

(f. 151.) 

Precept by King James the Sixth under the quarter seal, 
narrating that the lands of Hartsyd, Easter, Wester and 
Middle, with the mains of Hartsyd or Veidpethhed in the 
constabulary of Haddington, which belonged heritably to 
James Douglas, formerly Commendator of Pluscardin, 
natural son of the deceased James, sometime Earl of 
Mortoun, who was justified to the death for the odious 
and detestable murder of our late dearest father, and 
which have now fallen in our hands through his forfeiture, 
and because the king desires that the said lands should not 
be prejudiced for want of a tenant, he provides therefor 
Alexander Home of Manderstoun and Janet Home, his 
spouse, and requires the said Commendator to receive 
them as tenants in the said lands. Dated Holyrood House, 
16th December 1581. (f. 152.) 

Charter narrating the terms of the preceding precept 
and granting to Alexander Home of Manderstoun and 
Janet Home, his spouse, in feufarm the lands of Hartsydis, 
Easter, Wester, and Middle, with the mains of Hartsyd 
alias Veidpethhed, to be held for the yearly payment of 
£40. Dated Edinburgh, 8th February 1581 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, James Dundas, James Prymros and 
Robert Burrall, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 153.) 



CHE1LDI.YELL1S CHAPEL S05 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Huntar 
as heir to his father the deceased Robert Hunter of Villiam- 
lawe .... in all and whole five marks of the town and 
lands of Blanslie Nether with croft, houses, buildings and 
garden thereof, with a part and quantity of the said town 
and lands lying in rinrig, which the said deceased Robert 
and his sub-tenants have occupied, with those two pen- 
dicles of the said lands called Bredwodscheill and Braid- 
wodheid [called] hous of Hill, with their sundry rights 
privileges and pertinents lying within the sheriffdom of 
Roxburgh and our lordship of Melrose ; which town and 
lands of Nether Blanslie with the pertinents are bounded 
and marched by these meaths and boundaries under- 
written, viz. from the west, beginning at the Mosburne 
and ascending eastwards to the HoUitcarne, thence 
ascending eastwards to the ' standand stane ' in Routhrig, 
and thence descending eastwards to the march dyke or 
Monk's dyke, and thence extending northwards to the 
chapel walls or Cheild Lyells Cheppill Vallis, thence descend- 
ing by the burn called Milseyburne, thence extending 
southwards and ascending to Liells Cross, and thence 
ascending southwards to the Hie Cross, thence descending 
southwards to the Helburn ford, and descending by the 
said burn eastwards to the lands of Vilkinshauche, and 
descending southwards to the ' auld watter gang of Mid- 
streme of Leder,' and descending southwards by the middle 
thereof to the march called the Erlis aiker, and thence 
ascending westwards by the burn called Hawikischeil- 
burne to the Over Loche, and ascending westwards to the 
' commoun merkat gat,' and descending westwards to a 
place called the Villibuss beside the auld dyke in Vindilaw- 
cruik, and thence ascending northwards by the burn called 
the Blakburne and the Blakfurd thereof, and ascending 
northwards to the middle of the Helmoss, thence descend- 
ing northwards through the middle of the Helmoss to the 
burn called the Mosburne ; lying in the lordship of Melrose 
and sheriffdom of Roxburgh, between the lands of the 
forest of Lauder on the north, the lands of the monastery 
of Dryburgh on the south, the lands called Quhytsteed 
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306 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

and lands of the monastery of Dryburgh and lands of 
Kirkinsyd respectively on the west, and the lands of the 
monastery of Melrose called Comisleyhill and Threpwod- 
schaw respectively on the west ... to be held for the 
yearly payment of 5 s. 4 d. for the lands and for the two 
pendicles two merks 3 s. with 3 s. of augmentation. Dated 
Edinburgh, 12th February 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Dundas, James Prymros and Robert 
Burrall. (f. 154.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kennedy, 
Earl of Cassillis, Lord Kennedy, as heir to his grandfather 
the deceased Gilbert Kennedy, Earl of Cassillis, and Lady 
Margaret Kennedy, his spouse, in the 9 merk lands of 
Largis, the 5 merk 6 s. 8 d. lands of Knokraver, the 5 merk 
lands of Lagdilduff and the half merk land of the lands of 
Monkland in the bailiary of Carrik, paying yearly 80 merks. 
Dated Edinburgh, 8th March 1581 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Prymros, and Edward Mekiljhone, bur- 
gesses of Edinburgh. (f. 155.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Elizabeth Cambell 
as heir of the deceased Nathaniel Cambell, her brother 
german, ia the 31 s. lands of Overhauch called Kinzean- 
cleuche and the 5 s. lands of Macknathiscroft, the 30 d. 
lands of Scheild, the 12 s. lands of Netherhaucht within 
Kinzeancleuch, the 6 s. lands of Netherhaucht and half 
merk land of Vilkiestoun, the 4 s. lands of Brigend and the 
meadow of Makclanochanstoun, being a 12 d. land, also 
the fishing in the water of Ayr within the bounds contained 
in the charter of the deceased Robert Cambell, her father, 
likewise the 21 s. 9 d. lands of Bruntscheillis with the 
salmon fishings in the said water of Ayr and the site of the 
fulling mill of the Haucht with a tenement and garden in 
the town of Mauchlen called Byreknow, paying yearly 
£5, 6 s. 3d. Dated Edinburgh, 3rd April 1582 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 155.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kyll in 
Lassuddane as heir to his father the deceased George Kyi 
in half of a husbandland with garden, etc. there, occupied 



KENNEDY OF ARDMILLAN 807 

by the said John Kyll, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 2nd May 1582 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, 
Robert Burrall and James Prymrose, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 156.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Richard Valker as 
heir of the deceased Robert Valker, his father, in the 
6 s. 4 d. lands of Nether Bargoure in the lordship of Kyllis- 
muir, paying yearly 9 s. 8| d. Dated Edinburgh, 2nd May 
1582 ; same witnesses. (f. 157.) 

Charter to Katherine Kennedy, lawful spouse of David 
Kennedy of Knokdaw, in liferent, and Hugh Kennedy, their 
lawful son, heritably, of the one merk land of Corrifentoun 
in the earldom of Carrik, which formerly belonged to the 
said David Kennedy, paying yearly one merk and 20 d. 
of augmentation with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
etc. Dated Edinburgh, 19th December 1582 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 157.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mungo Rid as heir 
of his deceased father William Rid, son of Mungo Rid of 
Drumfork, in the £3, 6 s. 8 d. lands of Drumfork, Brakinhill 
and Hallingaip and the two merk lands of Glenbuk Eister 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 9 merks 
13 s. 2 d. Dated Edinburgh, 10th June 1582 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, David Wrycht and James Prymros, 

(f. 158.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Kennedy, 
now of Ardmillan, as heir of the deceased John Kennedy, 
of Ardmillan, his father, in the £5 lands of Grange, the 
£4 lands called Munkvod, the £2 lands of Semornay arid 
the half merk land called Beyound the Mure, with the mill 
of Corvey and mill lands and multures thereof with 
astricted multures of the lands of Monkland in Carrik, 
paying yearly the duties respectively due for the several 
lands, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 5th July 1682 ; witnesses, 
James Prymrois, servitor to the Iconimus, George Mak, 
notary, and John Kennedy of Culnane. (f. 158.) 

Charter to John Durie, son and heir apparent of David 
Durie of Garpoill, of the four merk lands of Turdnyse and 



308 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

the 40 s. land of Garpoill in the lordship of Kyllismuir, 
which belonged to the foresaid David Durie heritably, and 
were resigned by him, paying yearly for the lands of 
Turdnyse 8 merks and for Garpoill 6 merks with dupli- 
cation at the entry of heirs, service at courts, etc. ; 
dated (the charter is not completed). (f. 159.) 

Charter to Adam Douglas of Vatersyd in liferent and to 
George Douglas, his son and the lawful heirs male of his 
body in fee, of the four merk lands of Biblingwodhall pre- 
sently occupied by Thomas Gibsone, elder and younger, in 
said lordship, paying yearly 4 merks, 10 d. for arreage and 
carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver and — s. of augmentation, 
with duplication at the entry of heirs, services at courts 
and in the field, etc. Dated St. Andrews and Cumrie, 7th 
and 9th June and October 1582 ; witnesses Mr. David 
Rutherford, our pedagogue, Henry Chaip, apparent of 
Mawhill, Henry Douglas, servitors of ' my ' father the 
Lord of Lochlevin, Archibald Dundas, James Prymros 
and Robert Birrall, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 160.) 

Chatter to William Douglas of Lochlevin, father of the 
Commendator, of the lands of Tolquhar, Crury, Yetbyre, 
Kirkfauld, Christelschaw, Blakstoill, Rowdono, Powmonk, 
Powcleise, Glendarge, Cassope, Finglene, Avirbosk, 
Middillawhed, Raburne, Hairwod, Middilburne, Tunner- 
hill, Jhonstoun, Watcarrocoit, Todschawhill, Watcarrok- 
grange, Garvaldhous, Crukitheuche, Dunfedling and Cubin- 
burne and the lands called Kirkland, with the teinds of 
the above lands lying within the regality of Melrose, 
stewartry of Annandale and shire of Drumfreis, for the 
yearly payment for Tolquhar £6, 13 s. 4 d., for Crury 
£6, 6 s. 8d., for Yetbyre £6, 13 s. 4 d., for Kirkfauld 
£3, 6 s. 8d, for Castelschaw £3, 6 s. 8 d., for Blakstoill 
£6, 13 s. 4 d., for Rowdono £3, 6 s. 8 d., for Powmonk 
£3, 6 s., for Powcleise £3, 6 s. 8 d., Glendarg £6, 13 s. 4 d., 
Cassope £5, Finglene £5, Avirbosk £5, Midlawheid £5, 
Raburne £10, Hairwod £10, Middilburne £3, 6 s.- 8 d., 
Tymmerhill £5, Johnstoun £5, Watcarrocoit £6, 13 s. 4 d., 
Todschawhill £3, 6 s. 8 d., Watcarrokgrange £10, Garvald- 



GIBB OF AUCHMILLING 309 

hous, £6, 13 s. 4 d., Crukitheuche £5, Dumfedling 
£3, 6 s. 8 d., Cubinburne £3, 6 s. 8 d. and Kirkland 
£3, 6 s. 8 d., extending in all to £76, 16 s. 8 d., with service 
at courts etc. Dated Lochleuin, 9th October 1582 ; 
witnesses, Henry Dowglas, Alexander Baverage, James 
Drysdall, Archibald Dundas, and James Prymros, ser- 
vitors to the Iconimus. (f. 161.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Gib, as 
heir of the deceased James Gib in Auchmilling, his father, 
in the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Auchmilling in the lordship of 
Kyllismuir, paying yearly 10 s. 2 d. Dated Edinburgh, 
5th December 1582 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Mr. 
James Dundas, precentor of Moray, Robert Birrall and 
James Prymros. (f. 163.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Gib as heir of 
the deceased John Gib in Auchmilling, in the 6 s. 8 d. lands 
of Auchmilling in said lordship, paying yearly 10 s. 2 d. 
Dated Edinburgh, 5th December 1582 ; witnesses, Archi- 
bald Dundas, Robert Burrall and James Prymros, servitors 
to the Iconimus. "(f. 163.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Rid in Vel- 
wode as heir of his father the deceased James Rid in 
Velwode, in the 30 d. lands of Grenoktoun and the 17 d. 
lands of Grisyeardis in said lordship, formerly disponed 
by James Rid, son of Margaret Hamiltoun, first feuar 
thereof, to Thomas Rid in Velwode, son of his brother, and 
afterwards disponed by the said Thomas Rid to James Rid 
in Veluod, his uncle, father of the foresaid John Rid, 
bearer of these presents, which lands are held for the yearly 
payment of 7 s. 9 d. Dated Edinburgh, 9th December 
1582 ; same witnesses. (f. 163.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Law as heir 
of the deceased John Lawe of Holhous, his father, in the 
10 s. lands of Holhous in said lordship, paying yearly 
14 s. 10 d. Dated Edinburgh, 18th December 1582; 
same witnesses and Edward Mekiljhone. (f. 164.) 

Charter to John Campbell in Logane of the 11 s. 8 d. 
lands of Mekilwod commonly called Barcjuhilling in said 



310 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

lordship, which formerly belonged to Mr. Peter Prymros, 
paying yearly 17 s. 2^ d. Dated Edinburgh, 19th Decem- 
ber 1582 ; same witnesses. (f. 164.) 

Charter to William Huchone, son and heir of John 
Huchone in Hilar, of the 10 s. 8 d. lands of Nether Hilar in 
said lordship, which belonged to the foresaid John Huchone, 
paying yearly 1,0 s. 8 d., 4 J d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. 
for bondage silver and 4 s. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation at the entry of heirs, service at courts and in the 
field, thirlage to the mill of Mauchlein, etc. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 21st December 1582 ; same witnesses, (f. 165.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George Cossare as 
heir of the deceased James Cossare of Hassintoun, his 
father, in the 10 s. lands of Hassintoun, paying yearly 
12 s. 6 d. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd January 1582 ; wit- 
nesses, Archibald Dundas, Edward Mekiljhon, Robert 
Mekiljhon and James Prymros, notary, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 166.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Richert, 
now of Nether Mekilwood, as heir to the deceased Mungo 
Richert of Nether Mekilwod, his father, in the 4 s. 6 d. 
lands of Nether Mekilwod in the lordship of Kyllismuir, 
paying yearly 7s. Id. Dated Edinburgh, 6th February 
1582 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Robert Birrall, 
James Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary, ser- 
vitors to the Iconimus. (f. 167.) 

Charter to Adam Ard in Katherine of the 31 d. lands of 
Veltoun in said lordship which formerly belonged to John 
Ard, second son of the said Adam Ard, and were resigned 
by him paying yearly 21 s., with duplication, services at 

courts, etc. Dated (the charter is not completed). 

(f. 167.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Elizabeth, Agnes, 
Barbara, Christina, Margaret and Katherine Carncorse as 
heirs portioners of the deceased John Carncorse, eldest 
son of Charles Carncorse in CoUmishe, their brother, in the 



EARL OF CASSILLIS 311 

half lands of Laudhopmuir with the teinds and half of the 
moss of Ridcorsmos occupied by the said Charles Cairn- 
corse, paying yearly 27| stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for 
each stone and three Adders of turf or 40 d. for each, 
extending in money to the sum of 14 merks and 40 d. 
Dated Edinburgh, 24th February 1582 ; witnesses, Archi- 
bald Dundas, Robert Birrall, Edward Mekiljhone and 
James Prymros, notary. (f. 168.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander Allane 
now in Montgarswod as heir of the deceased William 
Allane in Montgarswod, his father, in the 4 s. 7^ d. lands 
of Montgarswod in the lordship of Kyllismuir, held, paying 
yearly 7 s. 8d. Dated Edinburgh, 16th March 1582; 
witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Robert Birrall, James 
Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary. (f. 168.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Agnes and Janet 
Michell as heirs of the deceased Robert Michell of Burn- 
heid, their father, in the 20 s. lands of Burnheid in said 

lordship. Dated Edinburgh, March 1582 ; same 

witnesses. (f. 169.) 

Charter narrating that the 9 merk lands of Largis, the 
5 merks 6 s. 8 d. lands of Knokcravell [Knockcraver], 
the 5 merk lands of Lagdalduf, and the half merk land of 
Largis, extending to a 20 merk land of the lands of Monk- 
land which belonged heritably to John, Earl of Cassillis, 
son and heir of the deceased Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, in 
the bailiary of Carrik, were apprised from the said John, 
Earl of Cassillis, and Thomas Kennedy, his tutor, before 
Robert Campbell, Carrik pursuivant, as sheriff in that 
part, at the instance of John Kennedy now of Barquhany, 
son and heir of the deceased Hugh Kennedy of Barquhany, 
as assignee of Thomas Kennedy of Culzeane, who had 
sued the deceased Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, for the pay- 
ment of £530, and has obtained precept for infeftment in 
the said lands, therefore granting to the said Thomas 
Kennedy of Culzeane and Elizabeth McGill, his spouse, 
in liferent, and Thomas Kennedy, their son and heir 
apparent, and his heirs and assignees heritably the lands 



312 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

foresaid to be hpld in feufarm for the yearly payment 

of . Dated Edinburgh, 30th March 1583 ; same 

witnesses. (f. 169.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Mathew Reid of Blaksyd 
and John Reid in Wolwood to James Rid, son and heir 
apparent of the said Mathew, of the 5 s. lands of Grenok- 
toun in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 7 s. 10 d. 
with duplication, etc. Dated Velwode, 2nd February 
1582 ; witnesses, John Gemmell, notary, David Borland, 
his servant, James Reid in Corsboge and Andrew Vilsone 
in Grene. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
18th April 1583 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James 
Prymros, Edward Mekiljhone and James Reid. (f. 170.) 

Charter to John Reid in Welwod and Christina Chreich- 
toun his spouse, of the 17 d. lands of Grasyards which 
formerly belonged to Mathew Reid in Blaksyd and the 17 d. 
lands of Grasyards which formerly belonged to the said 
John Reid in Welwod extending together to a 34 d. land 
in said lordship, which lands the said John Reid resigned 
for this new grant, to be held for the yearly payment of 
34f d., and 11 d. of augmentation, with duplication, service 
at courts and thirlage to the mill of Mauchleine, etc. 
Dated Edinburgh, 18th April 1583 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Prymros and Robert Birrall, servitors to 
the Iconimus. (f. 171.) 

Charter to John Corrie, son of Thomas Corrie of Colo- 
svintoun, of the 5 J merk lands of Fischertoun which 
formerly belonged to George Corrie of Kelwod and Margaret 
Blair his spouse, in the lordship of Monkland and earldom 
of Carrik, paying yearly 6 merks with duplication, services 
at court, etc. Dated Edinburgh, May 1583 ; wit- 
nesses, Edward Mekiljhone, burgess of Edinburgh, Robert 
Birrall, James Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary, 
servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 172.) 

Letter of Regress narrating that George Corrie of Kel- 
wode and Margaret Blair, his spouse, have sold to John 
Corrie, lawful son of Thomas Corrie of Coloschontoun, 
5| merk lands of Fischertoun in said lordship of Monkland, 



AIRD OF OVER KATRINE 313 

under reversion for payment of the sum of £10, notwith- 
standing which they grant that when the said George 
Corrie and his spouse pay the above sum to the said John 
Corrie and his heirs, they shall have regress to the said 
lands. Dated Edinburgh, 10th May 1583 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, James Prymros, Robert Birrall and 
James Maistertoun, servants to the Iconimus. (f. 173.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Janet and Agnes 
Michell as heirs of the deceased James Michell of Burnehed, 
their grandfather, in the 30 d. lands of Netherwode, 
paying yearly 5 s. 6 d. Dated Edinburgh, 11th May 
1583 ; witnesses, Edward Mekiljhone, Robert Birrall, 
James Maistertoun and James Prymros. (f. 173.) 

Charter to Adam Aird, grandson of Adam Aird of Over 
Katherne, of the 12 s. 6 d. lands of Over Catryne, formerly 
belonging to the said Adam Aird, paying yearly 12 s. 6 d., 
and 5| d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. for bondage silver, 
and 4 s. 8 d. of augmentation with duplication at the entry 
of heirs and thirlage to the mill of Mauchline, etc. 
Dated Edinburgh, 3rd June 1583 ; witnesses, David Aikine, 
Mathew Reid, James Prymros and James Maistertoun. 

(f. 174.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, narrating that at an inquest 
held in the dwelling house of Andrew Wilsone in Greine 
before Nicolas Scherar, sheriff of Ayr, on 2nd May 1583, 
it was found that John Michell was heir to the deceased 
Patrick Michell of Burnehed, his father, in the 20 s. lands 
of Burnehed and 7 s. lands of Bludburne in the lordship of 
Kyllismuir, held for the yearly payment of 38 s. 10^ d., 
and directing sasine thereof to be given to the said John 
Michell. Dated Edinburgh, 3rd June 1583 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, James Maistertoun and Thomas Boyne. 

(f. 174.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Wilsone as 
heir of the deceased James Wilsone in Nether Catryne, 
paying yearly 13 s. 6 d. Dated Edinburgh, 3rd June 
1583 ; witnesses, David Aikine, Mathew Cambell of 
Blaksyd, Thomas Boyne and James Prymros. (f. 174.) 



314 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

On a loose sheet inserted here there is a receipt by 
Mr. John Nisbit, minister at Tarboltoun Kirk, in name 
of George Campbell of Cesnok, to the Iconimus for a feu 
charter of certain lands in the lordship of Kyllismuir called 
the Quhythauche, Barboche, Crofthed, AuchmUling and 
others belonging to the said George Campbell. Signed by 
the Abbot and Convent of Melrose and their Iconimus. 
Dated Edinburgh, 20th May 1584. The receipt is dated 
Edinburgh, 11th February 1585 ; witnesses, James Mais- 
tertoun and James Prymros, notary, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 175.) 

Charter to James Wilsone, son of John Wilsone in 
Nether Catryne, of the 9s. 3d. lands of Nether Catryne, 
which the said John Wilsone resigned in favour of the said 
James Wilsone, his son, in said lordship, paying yearly 
9 s., 6 d. for arreage, 9 d. for bondage silver and 3 s. 3 d. 
of augmentation, making in all 13 s. 6 d. with duplication 
at the entry of heirs, service at courts and thirlage, etc. 

Dated Edinburgh, 1583 ; witnesses. Edward Mekil- 

jhon, Thomas Boyn, James Dundas and James Prymros, 
notary. (f. 175.) 

Charter confirming a charter by George Reid of Brunt- 
scheill to James Reid of Corsbyre, his brother, of the 
28 s. lands of Bruntscheill presently occupied by the 
said James Reid, and Janet Reid, his mother, in said 
lordship, paying yearly 41 s. 6 d., with duplication at 
the entry of heirs, service at courts and in the field, 
thirlage to the mills of Mauchline, etc. Dated Mauchline, 
13th June 1583 ; witnesses, Robert Crawfurd of Smidie- 
schawe, William Reid in Craigistoun, George Reid of 
Daldilling and James Robesone, servitor of Margaret, 
Lady Stewart of Uchilthre. The charter of confirmation 
is dated Edinburgh, 23rd July 1583 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Maistertoun, Edward Mekiljhone and 
James Prymros, notary. (f. 176.) 

Charter to Allan Wilsoun, son and heir apparent of 
Allan Wilsoun, of the half merk land of Mukaid [sic] and 
the 5 s. lands of Nether Mekilwod in Reddinhed in said 



REID OF GARPHALL 315 

lordship, which the said Allan Wilsoun resigned under 
reservation of his own liferent and the liferent of his spouse, 
Marion Gibsoun, of the 40 d. lands of the half merk land 
of Mukaid, to be held for yearly payment of 11 s. 8 d. 
with 5 d. for arreage and carriage, 9 d. of bondage silver, 
and 4 s. ^ d. of augmentation, with duplication at the 
entry of heirs, service at courts and in the field and thirlage 

to the mill of Mauchline, etc. Dated at . (Testing 

clause not filled in.) (f. 177.) 

Charter to Marion Macgowane of the 20 d. lands of 
Weltoun in said lordship, which formerly belonged to John 
McGowane, paying yearly 13 s. 11 J d., with duplication 
at the entry of heirs, service at courts and thirlage to the 
mill of Mauchline, etc. Dated Edinburgh,^ . (f. 178.) 

Charter to William Reid of Garphall of the 7 s. 6 d. 
lands of Newtoun in said lordship, which formerly belonged 
to James Adam and were resigned by him in favour of the 
said William Reid, paying yearly 12 s. 3 d., etc. Dated 
Edinburgh, 17th February 1583 ; witnesses, Archibald 
Dundas, James Dundas and James Prymros. (f. 179.) 

Charter to William Reid, son of William Reid of Gar- 
phall, of the 11 s. lands of Garphall in said lordship, re- 
signed by the said William Reid for this regrant in favour 
of his said son under reservation of his liferent, paying 
yearly 23 s. 4 d. with 4 s. of augmentation, duplication 
at the entry of heirs, service at courts and thirlage to the 
mill of Mauchline, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 18th February 

; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, Robert Birrall and 

James Maistertoun. (f. 179.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Thor- 
brand as heir of the deceased James Thorbrand in Lassud- 
wyne, his father, in Ij husband lands with pertinents in 
the territory of Lassudwyne, reserving the fishings and 
stone quarries, etc., held for the yearly payment of 46 s., 
and other payments. Dated at . (f. 180.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Bowstoun in 
Weltoun for fulfilment of the contract of marriage between 



316 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

his daughter, Janet Bowstoun, and William Bowstoun in 
Hauch, dated Mauchline, 20th December 1579, whereby 
he grants to the said Janet Bowstoun and the heirs of 
the said marriage, whom faihng, to Agnes and Katherine 
Bowstoun, her sisters, and their heirs equally between 
them the 20 d. lands of Weltoun now occupied by himself 
in the lordship of Kyllismuir under reservation of his own 
liferent and the terce of Janet McClanochan, his spouse, 
paying yearly 13 s. llj d., with duplication at the entry of 
heirs, service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the 

mills of Mauchline, etc. Dated, . (The testing 

clause is not filled in.) (f. 180.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mr. George Lauder 
as heir to the deceased Mr. James Lauder, his brother, in 
the lands of Panchills, Preistlaw, Kingsyd, Freirdyks, 
Winterscheills and Newgrange in the constabulary of 
Haddington and shire of Edinburgh. Dated Cumre, 
21st May 1584 ; witnesses, Archibald Dundas, James 
Prymros, Robert Birrall and Patrick Paterson, servitors 
to the Iconimus. (f. 182.) 

Precept of Clare Ccmstat, in favour of Robert Ferquhar 
of Gilmilliscroft as heir to his father the deceased Robert 
Farquhar of Gilmilliscroft in the mill of Dalsangane with 
the mill lands and astricted multures thereof, also the 
2 s. 4 d. lands of Clonehald beside the said mill lands on 
the east, in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 
£13 12 s. 6 d. Dated at Vester Cumrie, 23rd July 1584 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Henry Lewingstoun, Robert Foster, Robert 
Aikene and James Primrose. (f. 184.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Campbell as 
heir of the deceased James Campbell in Corsflat, his father, 
in the 27 s. lands of Eschehauchburne in said lordship, 
paying yearly 88 s. lOj d. Dated Edinburgh, 11th Decem- 
ber 1584 ; witnesses, John Spottiswode of Fular, James 
Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary. (f. 185.) 

' Alexander Youngis Letter of tak. 
' Be it kend till all men be thir present letters XJs James 



YOUNGIS LETTER OF TACK 317 

Commendatar of Melros witht adwyse and consent of 
Alexander Commendatar of Culrois our iconimus and con- 
vent of our said abbay For certane causes and gud 
service done and to be done to us be our lovit servitour 
Alexander Young notter publict and for certane uthiris 
guid considerationis and motivis mowing us therfor to have 
set and for maill lattine and be the tennour heirof settis 
and for maill lattis to the said Alexander Young and his 
airis quhatsumever All and haill the yairdis and greins 
respective abonewrettine [sic] That is to say the yard 
callit the baikhous yeard lyand within the mantUl wall 
of the said abbay betuix the mill and mill dene on the 
southt part, the commoun gait to the Watter of Tueid on 
the eist part, and the said mantill wall on the northt and 
west partis of the said yeard ; ane uthir yeard quhilk 

sumtyme pertinit to ane of the monkis 

of the said abbay, presentlie occupyit be the said Alex- 
ander Young, lyand within the mantill wall of the said 
abbay betuix the mill dene on the northt, the said mantill 
wall on the west, the hie streit that passis to the said abbay 
on the southt, and the baikhous grein on the eist ; all and 
haill the said baikhous of the said abbay quhilk is ruinus 
and decayit, witht the greine thairof, lyand betuix the 
mill dene on the northt, the yeard presentlie occupyit be 
the said Alexander on the vest, the hie passage to the said 
abbay on the southt and eist partis thairof ; and ane uthir 
pace yeard presentlie occupit and wine out be the said 
Alexander lyand betuix the yeardis presentlie occupyit 
be Andro Lynlithtquhow on the southt and est partis, the 
yeard occupyit be William Edgar one the west part, and 
the hie passage of the said abbay on the northt parte, all 
lyand withtin the mantill wall of the said abbacie [sic] of 
Melros, lordschip and regalitie of the samyn, and withtin 
the schirefdome of Roxburght, For all the dayis space 
yeiris and termis of nynteine yeiris nixt and immediatlie 
following thair entre thairto quhilk entre of the said 
Alexander and his forsaidis salbe and begine at the day 
and det of this present tak and fra thyne furtht to indur 
and to be peaciable bruikit josit labourit and manurit 



SI 8 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

be the said Alexander and his forsaidis be all rycht 
methis and merchis as the samin lyis in lentht and breid 
during all the tyme thairof frele quyetlie weill and in 
pece bot ony impediment obstakill or aganecalling quhat- 
sumever : Payand thairfor yeirle the said Alexander 
Young and his airis quhatsumever to us our successouris 
chalmerlanis and uthiris in our name the sowme of fourtie 
schillinge money usuall of this realme at tua termis in the 
yeir Witsonday and Mertimes in wintar be equall portionis 
alanarlie, Reserwand to us and our successouris abbotis 
of the said abbaye of Melrois the fruit of the fruit treis of 
the saidis yeardis to be usit and disponit be us and our 
forsaidis at our plesouris. And we forsuitht and our 
successouris abbottis of our said abbay this our present 
tak and assedatioun of all and haill the forsadis thre 
yeardis baikhous and greine thairof lyand as said is to 
the said Alexander Young and his airis quhatsumever in 
all and be all thingis as is abone specifeit durring the said 
space of nynteine yeiris sail warrand acquyet and defend 
aganis all deidlie as law will but fraud or gyll. In witnes of 
quhilk thing to this our present tak and assedatioun 
subscryvit with our handis our commoun saill is appendit 
At Edinburgh the fyftene day of December the yeir of 
God i^v'^ fourscoir and four yeiris Befor thir witness 
Jhone Dowglas of Kennistoun, Eduart Mekiljhone burges 
of Edinburght, and James Mastertoun and James Prymros 
notter publict.' (f. 185.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Crawfurd of 
Smydeschaw in terms of contract of marriage between 
John Crawfurd, his son and heir apparent, and Janet 
Durie, daughter of Elizabeth Campbell in Tordnis with 
consent of Robert Campbell of Kinzeancleuch and James 
Michell of Burnhed, her curators, dated 28th May 1562, 
whereby he grants to the said John Crawfurd and his 
heirs and assignees whomsoever, the 25 s. 4 d. lands of 
Smydeschawe and Daldork, the 46 s. lands of Hiteth, the 
28 s. lands of Reidwrayth alias Clerkscheills in Barmure, 
extending in all to a £40 19 s. 4 d. land in the lordship of 



CRAWFORD OF SMYDESCHAWE 319 

Kyllismuir, under reservation of his own liferent, paying 
yearly £7 13 d. with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts and in the field, thirlage to the mill of 
Mauchline, etc. Dated Kinzeancleuch, 1st June 1562 ; 
witnesses, Robert Campbel of Kinzeancleuch, George 
Campbel, his brother german, Mungo Reid of Drumfork, 
Robert Michell of Brayhed and William Alan in Mauchlen. 
The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 2nd 
January 1584 ; witnesses, Edward Mekiljhon, James 
Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary. (f. 186.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Farquhar of HUar 
to his cousin John Farquhar, burgess of Glasquhowe, of 
the 13 s. 4 d. lands of The Schawe, the 6 s. lands of Over 
Quhytflat and the 17 s. lands of Hilar in said lordship, 
paying yearly 45 s. | d., with duplication at the entry 
of heirs, service at courts, etc. Dated Glasquhowe, 
9th December 1584 ; witnesses, John Graham, burgess of 
Glasquhowe, James Craufurd, son of Patrick Craufurd of 
Corsburne, Robert Stewart, son of Malcolm Stewart, 
William Hegat, notary, and Mr. James Hegat, his son. 
The confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 2nd January 1584 ; 
same witnesses as last confirmation. (f. 187.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Crawfurd 
now of Smydschawe, as heir to the deceased John Crawfurd 
of Smydeschawe, his father, in the 25 s. 4 d. lands of 
Smydeschawe and Daldork, the 46 s. lands of Hitetht 
and the 28 s. lands of Reidwrayth alias Clarkscheills in 
Barmuir, for the yearly payment of £7 13 d. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 2nd January 1584 ; same witnesses. (f. 188.) 

Charter confirming a charter by James Rid of Corsboge 
and John Rid of Over Hilar to Robert Reid, son of the said 
James Rid and grandson of the said John Rid, of the 
6 s. 4 d. lands of Over Hilar in said lordship, for the yearly 
payment of 9 s. 8 J d., with duplication at the entry of heirs, 
service at courts and in the field and thirlage to the mills 
of Mauchline, etc. Dated Cumnok, 27th May 1583; 
witnesses, John Rid of Barskiming, James Robsone, 
servitor to Margaret, Lady Uchiltrie, John Rid of Merk- 



320 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

land and David Borland. The charter of confirmation is 
dated Edinburgh, 24th January ; same witnesses as last 
confirmation. (f. 189.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Sunhous 
as heir of the deceased George Sunghous, his father, in the 
44 s. 6 d. lands of Nether Blainslie with some land in rinrig 
which the said George occupied (which lands are bounded 
as formerly given) ^ paying yearly 44 s. 6 d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 2nd March 1584 ; witnesses, Edward Mekil- 
jhon, Robert Aikine, James Maistertoun and James 
Prymros. ,(f. 190.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Michell as 
heir of the deceased Andrew Michell of Brehaid, his father, 
in the 5 s. lands of Mikilwod called The Hill in the lordship 
of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 7 s. 8 d. Dated Edinburgh, 
13th March 1584 ; witnesses, Robert Aitkin, James 
Maistertoun and James Prymros, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 191.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Richard Duncan in 
Holhous Daldilling to John Duncan, his son, of the 
9 s. 2j d. lands of Holhous Daldilling occupied by the 
granter in said lordship, paying yearly 13 s. 9 d., with 
duplication, service at courts and thirlage to the mills of 
Mauchline. Dated Holhous Daldilling, 4th June 1582 ; 
witnesses, James Rid in Corsboge, Thomas Gilmyne in 
Holhous, James Spotiswode there, and John Gemmell 
notary. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
15th March 1584 ; witnesses, Robert Aitkine, James 
Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary, servitors to the 
Iconimus. (f. 191.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Cunningham 
of Caprintoun to George Wassoune in Auchincloche, of 
the 3 s. ^ d. lands of Auchincloche within said lordship, 
paying yearly 3 s. | d. \sic\, and 4 d. of augmentation, with 
duplication, service at courts, etc. Dated Machlinge, 
23rd May 1569 ; witnesses, Hugh Campbell of Killoch, 

' See f. 102. 



CAMPBELL OF CESSNOCK 321 

William Cunningham, son and heir of the granter, John 
Muir of Park and George Angus, notary. The charter 
of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 16th March 1584 ; 
witnesses, Robert Aitkin, Robert Birrall, James Prymros 
and James Maistertoun, servitors to the Iconimus. 

(f. 193.) 

Charter to George Campbell of Cesnok of the 40 s. lands 
of Nether Quhythauche now occupied by William Camp- 
bell, the 18 s. lands of Over Auchmilling now occupied 
by James Reid and John Sawar, the 10 s. lands of Croft- 
heid in Auchmunnoche now occupied by George Browne, 
the 30 s. lands in Auchinbrane now occupied by George 
Nicol and George Bowman, the 14 s. lands in Auchinbran 
now occupied by Thomas Michell, the 13 s. 4 d. lands in 
Barboich now occupied by Richard Campbell and John 
Mongy [sic], all lying in said lordship, paying yearly 
£7 4 d., and 6 s. 8 d. of augmentation with 6 s. 6 d. for 
arreage, carriage, and bondage silver, extending in all to 
£7 13 s. 6 d., with duplication at the entry of heirs and 
service at courts, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 20th March 
1584 ; witnesses, Robert Aikine, James Maistertoun and 
James Prymros. (f. 194.) 

Rentall granted to George Campbell now of Cesnok, 
who and his predecessors have been kindly tenants in the 
lands underwritten, and who is therefore admitted as ren- 
taller and tenant of the 40 s. land of Quhythauche, 18 s. 
land of Over Auchmilling, 10 s. land of Crofthaid in Auch- 
munnoche, the 30 s. land in Auchinbrane, 14 s. land in 
Auchinbrane, 13 s. 1 d. land in Barboich, 5 s. land in 
Auchmunoch occupied by Richard Campbell and the 10 s. 
land in Auchmennoch occupied by John Magy [sic], in 
said lordship, all which the said George Campbell presently 

possesses by himself and his sub-tenants. Dated at 

1574. (f. 196.) 

Letter of Bailiary appointing Thomas Kennedie of 
Ardmillane and his heirs their bailies for five years 
over the lands of Monkland in the bailiary of Carrik. 
Dated, . (f. 196.) 

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322 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Mungo Campbell, natural son to John 
Campbel in Logane, and Janet Lokhart in Auchmilling, 
his spouse, and their heirs, of the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Auch- 
milling now occupied by Alexander Lokhart, father of the 
said Janet, in said lordship, which lands belong to the said 
Alexander in liferent and the said Janet heritably, resigned 
by them for this regrant, paying yearly 10 s. 2 d., with 
duplication, services at courts, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 
24th April 1580 ; witnesses, Robert Aitldn, Robert 
Birrall, James Maistertoun and James Prymros, notary, 
servitors of the Iconimus. (f. 197.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Walter Thorbrand 
as heir of the deceased John Thorbrand, his father, in a | 
of a husband land in the territory of Lessudden. Dated 
Edinburgh, 24th April 1585 ; same witnesses, (f. 197.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Alexander Balfour 
of Denemill, narrating that the lands of Kingilduris 
alias Chapilkingilduris, formerly held by James, Earl 
of Bothwell, from the Commendator of Melrose, fell 
through his forfeiture into the hands of his Majesty, who 
with consent of James, Earl of Mortoun, Regent, presented 
the said Alexander Balfour of Denemill as tenant to the 
same, so that the said lands belong to him although the 
said Earl alienated them to John Somerwaill of Cambus- 
nethan and his spouse and son, and now for certain sums 
paid to him by the said John Somerwaill, he grants to the 
said John Somerville and Katherine Murray, his spouse, 
in liferent and John Somerwaill, their son, heritably the 
said lands of Kingilduris in the regality of Melrose and 
shire of Peebles, paying yearly 12 merks with duplication 
at the entry of each heir, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 16th 
February 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. James McGill, younger, 
Anthon Young and John Makcalyean, notary. The 
charter of confirmation is dated at Edinburgh, 1st May 
1585. (f. 198.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Gilbert Young of Hol- 
house to Hugh Campbell, younger of Killoche, of the 
7 s. 6 d. lands of Holhouse Over, now occupied by James 



KIRKPATRICK OF ALISLAND 323 

Rid in the lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 11 s. 4 d., 
etc. Dated Machlene, 28th October 1577 ; witnesses, 
George Campbell, brother german of the said Hugh 
Campbell, Walter Angus in Machlene, John Kennedie in 
Ayr and George Baillie there. The charter of confir- 
mation is dated Edinburgh, 1585. (f. 199.) 

Charter confirming a charter by Robert Vilsone in 
Lindsayshill to Robert Vilsone, his son and heir apparent, 
in terms of contract of marriage between his said son and 
Janet Aird, daughter of William Aird, dated 15th June 
1583, of the 8 s. 4 d. lands of Nether Logane called 
Lindsayshill in said lordship under reservation of the 
granter's liferent, for the yearly payment of 12 s. 6 d., 
with duplication at the entry of heirs, service at courts, 
etc. Dated Cumnok, 15th June 1583 ; witnesses, Mathew 
Rid in Blaksyd, John Campbell of Logane, William Aird 
in Holl Brintscheill and David Borland. The charter of 
confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 12th May 1585 ; wit- 
nesses, Robert Aitkine, Robert Burrall, James Maister- 
toun and James Prymros, servitors of the Iconimus. 

(f. 200.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Law, citizen of 
St. Andrews, and John Law, his son, to George Law of 
Lawis Dyk within the parish of Machlene, in liferent, and 
James Law, his son, heritably and irredeemably, of the 
7 s. 6 d. lands called the Rouchedyk at Lawis Bridge in 
the parish of Machlene, for the yearly payment of 7 s. 8| d. 
Dated Edinburgh, 6th January 1584 ; witnesses, William 
Reid of Garfill, John Campbell of Logan, Richard Millar 
in Hauche and Robert Kirle, servitor to William Sper, 
writer. The charter of confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 
16th May 1585. (f. 201.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kirkpatrick 
now of Alisland as heir to the deceased Thomas Kirkpatrick 
of Alisland, his father, in the £36 lands of Freirkerse 
[Freirkerk] with the fishing and the mill thereof called 
the Grangemill in the parish of Dunscoir and shire of 
Drumfreis, with the astricted multures of the £36 lands of 



324 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Dalgano [? lege Dalgouer], Killelago, Breschewallace, Pund- 
land, Nether Beirdwall, Dempstertoun, Over and Nether 
Lagane, Over and Nether Dunscoir, Riddinis, Edgarstoun, 
MuHganstoun, Culroy, Ferdinnovallhill, with pertinents, 
lying within the parish and shire aforesaid, and the lands 
of Auchinchreiche, Brunskeith and Dargeuill in the parish 

of Drumfreis. Dated Linlithquhow, December 

[1585]. (f. 202.) 

, Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kirkpatrick 
now of Alisland as heir of the deceased Thomas Kirk- 
patrick of Alisland, his father, in 24 s. 6 d. land, of which 
6 s. 3d. lands lie in Edzerstoun now occupied by Cuthbert 
Milligan, 6 s. 3 d. lands lie in McCubbinston now occupeid 
by Elizabeth Muirheid, 5 s. lands lie in Mauchanlistoun, 
Riddinnis, occupied by Cuthbert Fyt, and the 7 s. lands 
of Fardingwall occupied by Andrew Allan, with their 
pertinents, lying in said parish of Dunscoir, for the yearly 
pajmaent of 40 s. 7 d. Dated Linlithqwhow, Decem- 
ber 1585. (f. 203.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kirkpatrick 
now of Alisland as heir of the deceased Thomas Kirk- 
patrick of Alisland, his father, of the office of bailiary of 
the £36 lands of old extent of Dalgonar, Killilago, Bresche- 
wallay. Over and Nether Berduell, Dempstertoun, Over 
and Nether Lagane, Over and Nether Dunscoir, Riddinis, 
Edgarstoun', Amuliganstoun, Culroy, Ferdmanellhill with 
pertinents in the parish of Dunscoir, and of the lands of 
Auchincreiche, Brunskaithe and Dargauill in the parish of 
Drumfreis. Dated Linlithgow, — — December 1585. 

(f. 203.) 

Charter to John Dunbar of Barmure of the mill of Mill- 
burn with the mill lands and multures of the lands of 
Barmure with the dam upon the loch of Lochlie, etc., 
also the half merk lands of Ridwrey now occupied by John 
Fleiming and Janet Reid in the bailiary of Kylestewart, 
which mill formerly belonged to William Hamiltoun of 
Sanquhar and was resigned by him in favour of the said 
John Dunbar, paying yearly for the said mill £10, and 



FOGOW OF GRENOKTOUN 325 

for the half of Ridwrey 10 s., with dupHcation, etc. Dated 
Edinburgh, 1st February 1585. (f. 205.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Fogow in Grenok- 
toun, to his son, John Fogow, younger, of the 10 s. lands 
of Grenoktoun presently occupied by himself in the 
lordship of Kyllismuir, paying yearly 14 s. 10^ d., with 
duplication, service at courts and in the field, thirlage to 
the mills of Mauchline, etc. Dated Cumnok, 27th July 
1585 ; witnesses, James Spotiswode in Holhous, James 
Gibsoun in Linnerhauche, Patrick Logan, David Borland 
and John Hodge, John Gemmell and Robert Johnstoun 
being notaries. The charter of confirmation is dated 
Edinburgh, 25th February 1585 ; witnesses, John Forrest, 
James Maistertoun and James Prymros. (f. 206.) 

Charter to John Broderstanis, son of Robert Broder- 
stanis, younger, burgess of Lauder, of the 44 s. 6 d. lands 
of Nether Blainslie with a quantity of land in rinrig and 
pertinents, which lands are bounded as formerly, and 
which formerly belonged to Robert Swinhous, son of the 
deceased George Swinhous and were resigned by him, 
paying yearly 48 s. 1 d., 6| poultry, with three suits of 
court at the three head courts of the regality of Melrose, 
2j carriages for the reparation of the church of Melrose 
and carrying fish or salt from North Berwick or Salt- 
prestoun, etc., with duplication at the entry of heirs, and 
thirlage to the mill called Cumisle Mill or Langschaw Mill. 
Dated Edinburgh, 9th June 1586. (f. 207.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Agnes Patoun as 
heir of the deceased George Patoun in Lassuddene, her 
grandfather, in half of a husband land in Lassuddane, 
paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. etc. Dated Edinburgh and the 
monastery of Melrose, 3rd July 1586 ; witnesses, James 
Maistertoun, James Prymros, notary, and John Stewart. 

(f. 209.) 

Charter to John Kennedy of Pennyglen of the 40 s. 
lands of Wester Smythistoun with the manor place, etc., in 
the lordship of Melrose, and earldom of Carrik, which 
formerly belonged to John Kennedy of Smythistoun, and 



326 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

were resigned with consent of Margaret Cunningham, his 
spouse, paying yearly 40 s., and 13 s. 4 d. of augmen- 
tation, with duphcation at the entry of heirs, service at 
courts, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 26th July 1586 ; wit- 
nesses, Mr. Henry Lewingstoun, brother of the Iconimus, 
Edward Mekiljhon, burgess of Edinburgh, James Maister- 
toun and James Prymros, notary. (f. 209.) 

Charter to John Wode in Garrihorne of the 20 s. lands 
of Garrihorne now occupied by himself in the parish of 
Monkland and bailiary of Carrik, paying yearly 20 s., 
and 2 s. of augmentation, with duplication, etc. Dated 
Edinburgh and Melrose, 16th and 19th December 1586 ; 
witnesses, John Douglas, , chamberlain of Melrose, Alex- 
ander Coluile and Thomas Lumisden, servitors to the 
Commendator. (f. 211.) 

Charter to Walter Kennedy of Knokdone, Margaret 
Napier, his spouse, and James Kennedy, their son and heir 
apparent, in liferent and fee respectively, of the 24 s. lands 
of Little Knokdone presently occupied by the said Walter 
in the said parish of Monkland, paying yearly 24 s., 
and 2 s. of augmentation, with duplication at the entry 
of heirs, etc. Dated Edinburgh and Melrose, 16th and 
19th December 1586 ; same witnesses, with John Quhitfurd, 
burgess of Irwing. (f. 212.) 

Tack to Nicol Carncorse of Calfhill and Elizabeth 
Lauder, his spouse, and to an heir immediately succeeding 
them, for their lifetimes and nineteen years thereafter, 

of the teinds of their lands of Calfhill, paying yearly 

merks. Dated at , 15— (f. 213.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Dikson in 
Blainslie as heir to the deceased Michael Dikson there, his 
father, in a husband land in the town of Blainslie on the 
south side thereof, and half a husband land there on the 
north side, now occupied by himself, between the lands of 
the Laird of Lauder on the north, the lands of the Com- 
mendator of Dryburgh on the east and south, and the 
lands of Melrose on the west, paying yearly 33 s. 4 d., and 
4 s. of augmentation with five poultry and 1^ carriages in 



HOWBURNE OF TULLIBOYLL 327 

Lothian, etc. Dated at the monastery of Melrose, 



1586 ; witnesses, (f. 213.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Jhonestoun 
in Blainslie as heir to the deceased Patrick Jhonestoun 
there, his father, in a husband land now occupied by 
himself in the town of Blainslie, paying yearly 22 s. 3 d. 
and 2 s. 8 d. of augmentation with 3| poultry, one carriage 

in Lothian, etc. Dated at the monastery of Melrose, 

1586 ; witnesses, . (f. 214.) 

' Andro and James Howburnis letter of pensioun. 

' Be it kend till all men be thir present letters Us James 
Commendator of Melrose and convent thairof with con- 
sent and assent of Alexander, Commendator of Culross, 
our Iconomus of the said abbay, for service done to us be 
our lovitt Patrik Howbume of TuUiboyll assisting Villiam 
Douglas of Lochtlewine our fadir in all and sindry actionis 
and causes concerning the weill of our said abbay, to haif 
gewine grantit and disponit and be the tennour heirof 
gewis granttis and disponis to Andro and James How- 
burnis sonnis laufull to the said Patrik ane yeirlie pen- 
sioun of the sowme of usuall money of this realme, 

to be yeirlie tane and upliftit be thame equallie and the 
langest lewar of thame tua during thair liftymis oft the 
reddiest teindis fruittis maillis fermis and deweteis of the 
said abbaycie at tua termis in the yeir Vitsonday and 
Mertimes in winter be equall portionis begynnand the 

first payment thairof at the feist of in the yeir of 

God \^v^ and swa furth to indure during the said 

space ; and for the mair suir payment to thame of the 
samyn hes assignit and be thir presents assignis to thame 

the maillis fermis and teindis of the landis of Hand 

within the parochine of Melrose and schirefdome of 
Roxbruch pertening to our said abbay as ane pairt of the 
patrimony and propirtie thairof to be yeirlie tane and 
upliftit be thame and the langest lewar of thame tua 
during the said space, and be thir presents makis and 
constituttis the saidis Andro and James our chalmerlanis 
of the said abbaycie for coUectinge resaving and uptaking 



328 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of the maillis fermis teindis and deweties off the saidis 
landis for payment of the said pensioun, with power to 
thame to intromitt thairwith and gif£ dischargis thairupon, 
quhilkis salbe as sufficient to the ressaveris as and thai 
ver. maid and gewine be our selff ; and be thir presents 
commandis and chargis the tennentis and possessouris of 
the saidis landis to ansuer and obey thame of the samyn, 
and dischargis all utheris our chalmerlams present and to 
cum off intromitting with the saidis maillis fermis and 
teindis assignit as said is and molesting and trutiling of 
the tennenttis and possessouris of the saidis landis thairfor 
and of thair offices in that part ; and consenttis and is 
content that the Lordis of Consale grant and direct letters 
heirupoun to cause the saidis Andro and James and thair 
factouris be ansuerit of the samin in forme as efteiris. In 
witnes heiroff to thir our letters of gift and assignatioun 
subscrjrvit with our handis the commoun saill of our 
abbay is to hounge, at Edinburgh the penult day of 
October the yeir of God j"iv<=lx fourteine yeiris, befor 
thir witness, David Wrycht of Langsyd,Mr. William Henry- 
sone, and Henry Baverage, notter publict.' (f. 220.) 

Letter of Pension to James Drisdaill (servant to the 
Commendator of Melrose), who since his minority has 
served in the said Abbey, of a yearly pension of £40 for 
his lifetime out of the lands of the Abbey. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 2nd February 1574 ; witnesses, Gavene Douglass, 
Peter Douglass, Alexander Baverage, James Dempster- 
toun and Henry Baverage, notary. (f. 220.) 

Letter of Pension for the good service done by Gavin 
Douglas in assisting William Douglas of Lochlevin, the 
Commendator's father, in the affairs of the Abbey, to 
William and Henry Douglas, lawful sons of the said 
Gavin Douglas, of a yearly pension of £40 between them 
for their lifetime and to the survivor, to be uplifted from 

the lands of in the parish of and lordship of 

Melrose. Dated Edinburgh, 4th February 1574 ; wit- 
nesses, Peter Douglas, James Drisdaill, Alexander Baver- 
age, Mr. Robert Coluill and Henry Baverage, notary. 

(f. 221.) 



KER OF LITTLEDEAN 329 

[Note. — From this point the Deeds are granted by Jaines 
Commendator of Melrose alone.] 

Tack to Nicol Carncorce of Calfhill, of the teinds of the 
lands of Eildoun for nineteen years, paying yearly £10. 

Dated at the Abbey, 27th December 1586 ; witnesses, 

(f. 221.) 

Disposition to Robert Carncroce, brother natural to 
Nicol Carncorce of Calfhill, of the yearly pension of 50 
merks out of the rents of the Abbey, from the lands of 
Maxpopill and Calfhill yielding 20 merks, the lands of 
Housbyre 16 merks, and the lands of Alanschaws 10 merks, 
and the teinds of Calfhill 4 merks. Dated at the Abbey, 
27th December 1586. (f. 222.) 

Charter to Walter Ker of Litildane of a carucate or 
fourth part of Alvardane with mansion and garden thereof 
called the Plewland, with croft and pertinents in Maxtoun 
and privileges and other easements belonging both to the 
town of Newtoun and the town of Maxtoun, lying in the 
barony of Maxtoun ; also the lands of Cammestoun in 
the lordship of Melrose now occupied by the said Walter 
Ker and his tenants, all which lands formerly belonged to 
Alexander Balfour of Denemill and were resigned by him 
in favour of the said Walter Ker, paying yearly for Al- 
warden, etc., £5, and 20 d. of augmentation, and for 
Cammestoun £5, and 20 d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation at the entry of heirs, etc. Dated Edinburgh, 
18th February 1586 ; witnesses, John Murray of Blak- 
barony, Mr. Oliver Colt, advocate, John Drummond, son 
of Sir Robert Drummond of Carnok, and Sir Alexander 
Jardine of Apilgirth. (f. 223.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Andrew Richert- 
sone as heir of the deceased John Richertsone, his father, 
in the half of a husband land in Lessuden occupied by the 
said Andrew Richertsone, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated 
Melrose, March 1586 ; witnesses, . (f. 224.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Gaustoun 
as heir of the deceased David Gaustoun, his father, of 



830 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Ij husband lands with pertinents in Lessudden, occupied 
by the said James Gaustoun, paying yearly 46 s. 3 d. 
Dated Melrose, March 1586 ; witnesses, etc. (f . 224.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Michael Gibsone, 
son of David Gibsone, in half a husband land with per- 
tinents in Lessudden occupied by the said Michael Gibsone, 
paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated March 1586 ; wit- 
nesses, . (f. 225.) 

Precept narrating that John Kyle in Lessudden, alias 
Joke Laid Kyle, had resigned in favour of his son, James 
Kyle, the half husband land with pertinents in Lessudden 
occupied by him, and ordaining sasine to be given in favour 

of the said James Kyle, his son. Dated Melrose, 

March 1586 ; witnesses, (f. 225.) 

Charter confirming a charter by John Merser, son and 
heir of the deceased Alexander Merser in Newsteid, to 
Bernard Merser in Newsteid of an acre of arable land with 
pertinents lying in rindaill in the town of Newsteid, with 
the teinds, paying yearly 7 s. 4 d. and the sum of 30 d. in 
the first year of the entry of heirs thereto, etc. Dated 
Melrose, 10th July 1569 ; witnesses, David Mein in New- 
steid, John Scot in Melrose, William Brydin, younger, 
writer in Selkirk, and John Brydin, notary. The charter 
of confirmation is dated Melrose, 12th March 1586 ; wit- 
nesses, Nicol Carncross of Calfhill, John Douglas, cham- 
berlain, Mr. John Knox, minister of Melrose, and John 
Scot, notary. (f. 225.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Trotter in 
Ridpeth as heir of the deceased Peter Trotter, his father, 
in 1| husband lands in the town and territory of Ridpeth, 
now occupied by the said Tnomas Trotter, paying yearly 
30 s. Dated 12th March 1586 ; witnesses, John Douglas, 
chamberlain, Mr. John Knox, minister at Melrose, and 
John (Scot) notary. (f. 226.) 

Charter confirming a charter by William Jamesone in 
Lessuddane, whereby, with consent of Alison Gaustoun 
his wife, he grants to John Jamesone in Lessuddane, his 



LESSUDDANE PRECEPTS 331 

cousin, his | of a husbandland in Lessuddane, paying 
yearly 27 s. 9 d., with duphcation at the entry of heirs. 
Dated Lessuddane, 18th July 1581 ; witnesses, Mungo 
Gibsone in Lessuddane, Mungo Liddell, Michael Gibsone 
and William Lyle, William Brydin, notary. The charter 

of confirmation is dated March 1586 ; witnesses, . 

(f. 227.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Jamesone in 
Lessuddane as heir to the deceased Walter Jamesone, 
his father, in half a husband land in Lessuddane occupied 
by the said John Jamesone, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. 
Dated March 1586 ; witnesses, . (f. 228.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Thorbrand 
in Lessuddane as heir of the deceased Nicolas Thorbrand, his 
grandfather, in half of a husband land in Lessuddane now- 
occupied by the said John Thorbrand, paying yearly 18 s. 
6 d. Dated March 1586 ; witnesses, . (f . 228.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Patoun in 
Lessuddane as heir to the deceased Andrew Patoun, his 
father, in the fourth part of a husband land in Lessuddane 
now occupied by the said John Patoun, paying yearly 9 s. 
3d. Dated- March 1586; witnesses,- ■. (f. 228.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Muter in 
Lessuddane, as heir to the deceased David Muter, his 
father, in half of a husband land in Lessuddane now 
occupied by the said John Muter, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. 
Dated March, 1586 ; witnesses, . (f. 229.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mungo Riddell as 
heir to the deceased John Riddell, his father, in half of a 
husbandland in Lessuddane now occupied by the said 

Mungo Riddell, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated 

March 1586 ; witnesses, . (f. 229.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Coit as 
heir of the deceased John Coit, in half of a husband land in 
Lessuddane now occupied by the said William Coit, paying 

yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated at Melrose, 1586 ; witnesses, 

William Carnecross of Colmeslie, John Hoppringill of 
Bukholm and George Hoppringle in Quhytbank. (f. 229.) 



332 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kyle as heir 
of the deceased Thomas Kyle, his father, in a husband land 

in Lessuddane, paying yearly 37 s. Dated March 

1586 ; witnesses, — -. (f. 230.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of the deceased 
Thomas Spens in Lessuddane in half a husband land in 
Lessuddane now occupied by the said James, paying 
yearly 18 s. 6d. Dated, March 1586; wit- 
nesses, . (f. 230.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James Coit as 
heir ,of the deceased James Coit, his father, in the fourth 
part of a husband land in Lessuddane now occupied by the 

said James Coit, paying yearly 9s. 3d. Dated 

March 1586 ; witnesses, . ' (f. 231.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Thorbrand 
in Lessuddane as heir of the deceased William Thorbrand, 
his father, in the half of a husband land in Lessud- 
dane, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. Dated March 1586 ; 

witnesses, , (f. 231.) 

Tack to Thomas Hoy, feuar and kindly tenant of 
Colmeslehill, of the teind sheaves of the said lands for 
nineteen years, paying yearly £5. Dated Edinburgh, 
5th May 1587 ; witnesses, John Douglas of Cuneistoun, 
Alexander Colvein, servitor to the Earl, and Thomas Scot, 
notary in Melrose. (f. 231.) 

Letter of Tack to Mr. John Kox. 
' Be it kend till all men be thir present letters Us James 
be the permissione oft God Commendatour off the abbay 
of Melrose, with consent and assent off the convent thairof, 
our profeit and utilitie always foirsene, and the speciall 
love and favour quhilk we beir to our lovit Maister Jhone 
Knox, minister at Melrose, with sindre utheris considera- 
tioneis moveing us thairto, to have settin and for maill 
lattin and be the tennour off this presents settis and for 
maill lattis to the said Mr. Jhone his airis and assignais 
quhatsumever of no hiear degre nor him selff , all and haill 
the chalmer and the gairdene with the pertenentis presentlie 
occupyit be the said Mr. Jhone Hand within the mantill 



TACK TO MR. JOHN KNOX 333 

wall of Melrose maircheit and meithit as followis, viz. 
the kirk and kirkyaird one the southt syd thairof, ane dik 
betuix the said gairdeine and Dene Jhone Watsones 
roume with ane dyk linalie dividing in tua halffis the 
fermorie to the comoun foir entre one the eist, and ane 
dik newlie bigit be the said Mr. Jhone one the northe, and 
the auld minus wallis one the east syd of the closter one 
the vest syd, incluiding the said wallis, reserving the stanes 
thairoff to our use, lyand as said is within the mantill wall 
of the said abbay, l[ordschip] and regalite of the same, 
and schirefdome of Roxburght, for all the dayis termes and 
yeiris of nyntene yeiris nixt and immediatle following his 
entre thairto, quhilk salbe and, begin at the day and dait 
of thir presents and frathinfurth to induire and to be 
peciable bruikit joisit labourit and manurit be the said 
Mr. Jhone and his foirsaidis till the full and compleit ische 
and outrynning of the saidis nyntene yeiris, with fre ische 
and entre and with all uther aisiamentis profeitis and 
commoditeis perteining or that rychtteouslie is knawin to 
pertene thairto quietle weall and in peax but ony im- 
pediment obstacle or aganecalling quhatsumever, payand 
thairfoir yeirlie the said Mr. Jhone his airis or assignais 
foirsaid to us our successouris chalmerlaines or utheris in 
our name the soume of sax schilling aucht pennyis money 
usuall of this realme at tua termes in the yeir Witsonday 
and Mertimes in winter be equall portions alanerlie. And 
we forsuith and our successouris abbottis of our said 
abbay this our present tak and assedatioun of all and haill 
the chalmer and gairdein foirsaid with the pertenentis 
boundit and limitat as said is to the said Mr. Jhone and 
his foirsaidis in all and be all thingis as is abone specefeit 
duiring the said space of nyntene yeiris sail warrand 
acquit and defend aganes all deidle as law will but fraud 
or gile. In witness of the quihilk thing to this our present 
letter of tak subscriveit with our hand our commoun seall 
is appendit, at Melrose the secund day of July 1587, 
befoir thir witness, William Cairncorse of Colmeslie, Dene 
Jhone Watsone, pentionar of Melrose, Alexander Colwill 
our servitour, with utheris diverse.' 



334 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Gavin Notman in Moshouses, in liferent, and 
John Notman, his elder [sic] son, and his heirs and assignees 
heritably of the lands of Abbotispark, Chattow Medow 
and Coutley with pertinents and teinds and a small pen- 
dicle called the Little Medow within the mantill wall 
{murum circuatum), paying yearly 20 s., and 16 d. of 
augmentation, with duplication at the entry of heirs, etc. 
Dated Edinburgh and Melrose, 6th and 10th July 1587 ; 
witnesses, John Douglas of Kenestoun, Mr. William 
Henrysone, Alexander Colwill and Peter Darling in Apil- 
treleues. (f. 232.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Barnard Mein in 
Newsteid as heir of his father, the deceased Robert Mein, 
in lOj acres of the lands of Coit in the town of Newsteid, 
paying yearly 8 bolls and 2 pecks of barley or 8 s. for each 
boll, etc. Dated Melrose, 8th April 158 — ; witnesses, 
John Watsoun, John Scot, notary, and Abraham Watsoun. 

(f. 233.) 

[Note. — ^No dates are given in the succeeding^ writs 
(ff. 234-237 inclusive).] 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by John Middil- 
maist in Melrose, of four acres of land with the teinds in 
Newsteid, also an infeftment by Andrew Huwden in Mosele 
of two acres of land with pertinents to George Mein, lawful 
son of Robert Mein in Newsteid, to be held in feufarm, 
reserving the liferent of Janet Middilmaist, mother of the 

said George. The charter of confirmation is dated . 

(f. 233.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mungo 
Thomsoun as heir to his father, the deceased Thomas 
Thomsoun, in eight acres of the lands of Newsteid, paying 
yearly 6 bolls and 2 firlots of barley. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas 
Layng as heir to his father, the deceased Bartholomew 
Layng, in two acres of the lands of Newsteid, paying yearly 
6 firlots and 2 pecks of barley. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William 



NEWSTEID PRECEPTS 335 

Mein, elder in Newsteid, as heir of in 8 acres of the 

lands of Newsteid, paying yearly 6 bolls 2 firlots of barley 
or 8 s. for each boll. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John 
Thomeson as heir of the deceased John Thomesoun, his 
grandfather, in 8 acres of the lands of Newsteid and half an 
acre called Heulabuttis, paying for the former 6 bolls, 

2 firlots oats and for the latter 16 s. (f. 234.) 
Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Richard 

Coit in Newsteid as heir of the deceased John Coit, his 
father, in two acres of land, paying yearly 6 firlots and 
two pecks of barley. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of James 
Mein in Newsteid as heir of the deceased Richard Mein, 
his father, in 6 acres of the lands of Newsteid, paying 
yearly 4 bolls 3 firlots and 2 pecks of barley or 8 s. for each 
boll. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Mathew 
Mein in Newsteid, as heir of the deceased Andrew Mein, 
his father, in 10 acres of land, also the Plumerland in the 
town of Newsteid, paying yearly 8 bolls and 2 pecks barley, 
and for the Plumberland one boll of barley, or 8 s. for every 
boll. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Ralph 
Sclaitter as heir to his deceased father Robert Sclaitter, 
in Newsteid, in 10 acres of land with the Quheityairds and 

3 acres in Langmedow, also the Serjand but, for payment 
of 8 bolls 2 firlots barley, for the 10 acres 3 bolls barley, 
for the Quheityaird 6 pecks oatmeal, and 6 firlots of 
barley for the Langmedow, one boll of barley for the 
Serjand but, or 8 s. for each boll of barley. (f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John 
Wair in Newsteid as heir of the deceased John Wair, his 
grandfather, in six acres of the lands of Newsteid. The 
said John Wair, younger, also presented a charter of aliena- 
tion by Alexander Merser in Newsteid of two acres of 
land. The yearly payment for the 8 acres is 8 bolls 2 
pecks of barley or 8 s, for each boll. (f. 234.) 



336 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander 
Merser in Newsteid as heir of the deceased Thomas Merser, 
his father, in 10 acres of the lands of Newsteid, paying 
yearly 8 bolls and 2 pecks of barley, or 8 s. for each boll. 

(f. 234.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Bartholo- 
mew Maben in Newsteid as heir of the deceased James 
Maben, his father, in 8 acres of the lands of Newsteid, 
paying yearly 8 bolls 2 pecks barley or 8 s. for each boll 
with carriages used and wont, etc. (f. 234.) 

Note of Charter confirming a sasine by Andrew Hawden 
in Mosele to John Mein in Newsteid, of 2 acres in Newsteid, 
the sasine being subscribed by Alexander Young, notary. 

(f. 234.) 

Note of Charter confirming an infeftment, dated 14th 
February 1608 by William Mein, elder, in Newsteid, to 
John Mein, his son, of 2 acres of land in Newsteid, sasine 
being given by John Brydin, notary. (f. 235.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by Alexander 
Fischer in Newsteid to Isabella Rutherfurd there, and 
Robert Robsone, her son, of 10 acres of Newsteid. 

(f. 235.) 

Note of Charter confirming charters by Andrew Bow- 
stoun in Melrose of the lands of Wolmedow and Tuep- 
medow in Newsteid, and by Robert Cummein of t^o acres 
of land, to Alexander Trotter in Newsteid ; payment for 
Wolmedow and Tuipmedow, 22 s. yearly. (f. 235.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by Alexander 
Fischer in Newsteid to George Trotter in Caldstrame, of 
4 acres of Newsteid renounced by William Puirsone on 
20th February 1569, for yearly payment of 14 s. 7 d. with 
carriages, etc. (f. 235.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by John Gibsone 
of Netherwod to John Gibsone, younger, his son, of the 
22 s. 6 d. lands of Netherwod and the 5 s. lands of Nether- 
wod, paying yearly 41 s. 4 d. (f. 235.) 

Note of Charter confirming charters by John Watsoun, 



MELROSE PRECEPTS 337 

son and heir of Thomas Watsoun in Melrose, of a tenement 
at the west side of Melrose, and by Janet Wallace, sister 
uterine of Thomas Wallace in Melrose, of an acre of land in 
the Querrelhill to Adam Linlythgow in Melrose, (f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of George 
Donaldsone in Melrose, as heir of the deceased George 
Donaldsone, his grandfather, in a tenement in Melrose. 

(f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Andrew 
Davidsone, as heir of the deceased Thomas Davidsone, his 
grandfather, in Melrose, in 2 tenements and 2 acres of land 
etc., for payment of 40 s. etc. (f. 236.) 

Charter confirming a Disposition by Isabella Congiltoun 
to Walter Eleis in Danzeltoun of all her right and kindness 
to her tenement of land, etc. (f. 236.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by John Watsoun 
to William Edzar of a tenement and acre of land, paying 
yearly 20 s= (f. 236.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert Maben as 
heir of his grandfather, Thomas Maben, in Melrose, in a 
tenement and acre of land and part of the Wairds, paying 
yearly 20 s. (f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Cla^e Constat, in favour of John 
Wallace in Melrose as heir of the deceased John Wallace, 
his grandfather, in a tenement and acre of land there, 
paying yearly 20 s. (f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Peter 
Forret in Melrose as heir of the deceased Nicolas Forret, 
his father, in a tenement and acre of land, paying yearly 
20 s. (f. 236.) 

Note of Charter confirming a resignation made by 
Andrew Boustoun in Melrose to George Hedingtoun of a 
tenement (in Melrose), the instrument being signed by 
William Brydin, notary. (f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Barnald 
Berkar in Melrose as heir of the deceased Agnes Douglas, 

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338 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

his mother, in a tenement and acre of land in Melrose, 
paying yearly 20 s. (f. 236.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Robert 
Wallace in Melrose as heir of the deceased Robert Wallace, 
his grandfather, in a tenement and rood and acre of land 
of the Quarrelhill and 6 acres of the lands of Newsteid 
and a piece of land called the Monkland, paying yearly for 
the tenement 20 s., for the 6 acres 3 bolls of barley or 8 s, 
for each boll, and for the Monkland 27 s., with carriages, 
etc. (f. 237.) 

Note of Charter confirming a charter by Alexander 
Campbell of Borquhilling to Mungo Reid of Drumfork of 
the 17 s. 4 d. lands of Over Logane, paying yearly 25 s. 4 d. 

(f. 237.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Alexander 
Broderstanes as heir of the deceased John Broderstanes, 
younger, his father, in the 44 s. 6 d. lands of Nether 
Blainslie, paying yearly 48 s. 1 d. and 6| poultry, etc. 

(f. 237.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John 
Wilsone as heir to the deceased John Wilsone of Barquhois 
of the 8 s. 4 d. lands of Barquhois, paying yearly 12 s. 6 d. 

(f. 237.) 

Note of Tack to Andrew Ker of Newhall of the teinds 
of Gaitschaw, Burnvane, Deinbra, South Coit, Hownam- 
grange, and others, for his lifetime and that of his heir and 
two nineteen years thereafter, paying yearly £3 ; dated 
27th November 1588. (f. 237.) 

Note of Charter by James Douglas, Lord of Melrose, with 
consent of Dame Mary Ker, his spouse, to William Quhit 
in Colstone. (Incomplete.) (f. 237.) 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Patrick 
Haitlie as heir of the deceased Patrick Haitlie in Clerk- 
leyis, his father, in the 18 s. lands of Clerkleyis in the 

lordship of Melrose, paying yearly 18 s. Dated 1589. 

(f. 237.) 



DARLINGS OF APPLETREELEAVES 339 

Note of Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Martin 
Douglas as heir of the deceased WiUiam Douglas, his 
father, in the 40 s. lands of Cruik. Dated Melrose, 
16th November 1592. (f. 237.) 

Note of Disposition to Martein Douglas of the Cruik, 
of the maills of the Cruik extending to 40 s. and 7 merks, 
and of the kirk lands of Hassindane and Caveris for his 
lifetime. Dated Melrose, 16th November 1592. (f. 238.) 

Tack to Peter Moffett etc., same as on p. . (f. 28.) 

Note of Tack to the same persons for their lifetimes, and 
after their death to their heirs for nineteen years as is 
contained in the said tack. (f. 238.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Agnes, Helen and 
Marion Clerk as heirs to the deceased William Clerk in 
Blainslie, their brother, in two husband lands of the lands 
of Blainslie, paying yearly 49 s. 10 d., with carriages, 
etc. Dated Edinburgh, — April 1593. (f. 239.) 

Tack to Peter Darling, Andrew Darling and Philip 
Darling in Apiltreleueis for their lifetimes and that of an 
heir succeeding them and nineteen years thereafter, of the 
small teinds of the lands of Apiltreleueis and Langhauch 
which is a pendicle thereof in the parish of Melrose, paying 
yearly 30 s. Dated Edinburgh, June 1593. (f. 239.) 

Tack to Robert Scot of Thirlstane for his lifetime and 
to Robert Scot, his eldest son and heir, for his lifetime, and 
to the heir of the said Robert Scott, younger, for his life- 
time, and three periods of nineteen years thereafter, of the 
kirk of Ettrik called the New Kirk of Ettrik, with the teinds 
parsonage and vicarage thereof, in the lordship of Melrose 
and shire of Selkirk, for the yearly payment of 10 merks. 
Dated Edinburgh, 7th December 1594 ; witnesses, Archi- 
bald Douglas, younger, of Quhittinghame, Mr. Richard, his 
brother, Mr. William Cranstoun, younger of that Ilk, 
James Douglas and Thomas Hall, servitors to the Com- 
mendator. (f. 239.) 



340 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

CHARTULARY OF MELROSE 1547-1593 

[Note. — The grants in this volume of MSS. are by 
the Condmendator of Melrose, except when other- 
wise stated.] 

Charter to Stephen Hunter of five merklands of the lands 
of Nether Blainslie lying in rinrig occupied by the said 
Stephen and his sub-tenants together with two pendicles 
of the said lands of Braidwodsheill and Braidwodheid called 
Hous of Hill ; which lands and town of Blainslie Nether 
are bounded as follows : On the west beginning at the 
Moss burne and thence ascending and extending eastwards 
to the hollit carne and thence ascending and extending 
eastwards to the standand stane in Routhrig and thence 
descending and extending eastwards to the merche dyke 
or Monkes dyk and thence extending northwards to the 
Chappell wallis of Cheildhelles^ Chaippell walles and thence 
extending and descending by the Mylsey burne and thence 
extending southwards and ascending to that cross called 
Hellscroce and thence extending and ascending south- 
wards to another cross called the Hie croce and thence 
extending and descending southwards to that part of the 
burn called Helburnisfurde and thence extending and 
descending by the said burn eastwards to the lands called 
Wilkynnishauch and thence extending and descending 
southwards to the auld watergang of Midstreame of 
Leader and thence extending and descending southwards 
by the said midstreame thereof to the merches called the 
Erlis aker and thence extending and ascending westwards 
by the burn called Hawikischeilburne to the loch called 
the Overloch and thence extending and ascending west- 
wards to the ' common mercat gait ' and thence extending 
and descending westwards to a place called the Willibuss 
at the auld dyke in Windelawcruik and thence extending 
and ascending northwards by the burn called the Blak- 
burne and the blakfurde thereof and thence extending 
and ascending northwards to the middle of the Helmoss 

' See footnote page 2S3. The word on this occasion appears to be 'Cheild 
helles,' but is probably a blunder of the writer. 



NETHER BLAINSLIE CHARTER 341 

and thence extending and descending northwards through 
the middle of the Helmoss to the burn called the Mosburn, 
lying in the lordship of Melrose and within the shire of 
Roxburgh, between the lands of the forest of Lauder on 
the north, the lands of the monastery of Dryburgh on the 
south, the lands of the Laird of Haltoun called Quhytsled, 
the lands of the said monastery of Dryburgh, and the lands 
of Kirkinsyd, on the east, and the lands of the monastery 
of Melrose called Cwmmisliehill and Threipwodeschaw on 
the west ; and which five merklands pay the sum of five 
merks, ten poultry, three carriages and the third part of a 
carriage yearly to us in rental, while the pendicles of 
Braidwodsheill and Braidwodheid called Hous of Hill pay 
the sum of two merks yearly : Holding the said subjects 
of us and our successors in feufarm for yearly payment 
for the said five merk lands of the sum of five merks, ten 
poultry, three suits of court, and three carriages and the 
third part of carriage for bringing lime to repair the fabric 
of Melrose and bringing fish from North Berwick, Salt- 
preston, or the neighbourhood for support of the convent 
and household, with 5 s. 4 d. of augmentation ; and for the 
pendicles of Braidwodsheill and Braidwodheidhous two 
merks with 3 s. of augmentation ; with duplication at the 
entry of heirs and clause astricting the lands to Cummislie 
mill or otherwise Langshaw mill. Dated at our monas- 
tery 6th April 1547. Sic subscribitur, James, Commen- 
dator of Kelso and Melrose ; Thomas Merser ; , John 
Watsoune ; John Hogatt ; William Philp ; Bernard 
Bowstoun ; John Primrois ; ^ David Hoppringill ; Mungo 
Weynies ; Richard Patersoun, subprior,^ Richard Chatto ; 
Thomas Wricht and Robert Liddell. [In margin] This 
charter is confirmed by the Pope on 15th July 1550. 

(f. 1.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon directed to John 
Spottiswode, dated and subscribed as above. (f. 2.) 



' ' Sonnerrois ' in following precept. Intended for Fourrois. 
^ This word is almost always contracted as ' superiour ' and occasionally 
written so, in full, but is apparently intended for subprior (supprior). 



342 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 18th April 1547, given by 
the said John Spottiswode to the said Stephen Hunter in 
the foresaid subjects ; witnesses, George Hoppringill in 
the Spittell, Wilham Lawder there, Thomas Hunter, 
younger, George Davisoun in Blainshe, John Cairter, 
Thomas Hunter and Sir John How, notary pubhc. Robert 
Wedderat, clerk of the diocese of St. Andrews and notary 
public, appends his docquet. (f. 3.) 

. Precept of Clare Constat, narrating that it has been 
clearly shown that the deceased Stephen Hunter of 
Williamelaw died last infeft in five merks of the town and 
lands of Blainslie Nether lying rinrig and two pendicles 
thereof called Braidwodscheill and Braidwodheid called 
Hous of Hill, and that Robert Hunter, his son, is nearest 
heir to him therein, therefore appointing Gavin Notman 
to infeft the said Robert Hunter in the said subjects. 
Dated Edinburgh, 13th August 1573 ; witnesses, Mr. 
Robert Cblvill, Alexander Costoun, Robert Stewart and 
others. (f. 4.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 17th July 1575, following 
on the above precept ; witnesses, John Hunter of Halk- 
burne, William Hall in Over Blainslie, George Suynhouse, 
Sir William Gibson and James Swynhous there. John 
Brydden, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow, is notary, (f. 4.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, directing Thomas Meggat of 
Maistertoun to infeft William Hunter as heir to his father 
the deceased Robert Hunter of Williamelaw in the five 
merklands of Blainslie Nether and pendicles aforesaid. 
Dated Edinburgh, 12th February 1581-82 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Dundas, James Dundas, James Prymrose and 
Robert Burrell, servitors to the Iconimus. (f- 5.) 

Instrument of Sasine dated 22nd May 1582 in favour of 
the said William Hunter of the said subjects ; witnesses, 
Robert Dowglas, son of William Dowglas in Bonjedward, 
Michael Diksoun in Nether Blainslie, Charles Hoppringill, 
John Stirling, Gavin Gardinar, and Thomas Gray there. 
Robert Alensone is notary. (f. 6.) 



WILLIAMLAW CHARTERS 343 

WiLLIAMLAW 

Tack to William Hunter of Williamelaw and Barbara 
Cairncrose, his future spouse, and to their heirs for nineteen 
years after the death of the survivor, of the teinds of the 
lands of Williamlaw, in the lordship of Melrose and shire 
of Roxburgh, for the yearly payment of ten merks. Dated 
Melrose, 7th October 1588 ; witnesses, Mr. John Knox, 
minister at Melrose, and John Scot, notary. Signed by 
the Commendator and Dean John Watsoune, ' onlie 
Convent.' (f. 7.) 

Charter by the Commendator, as feuar of Williamlaw, 
with consent of William, Earl of Mortoun, his father, at 
whose instance he is interdicted, whereby he grants to 
William Hunter and Barbara Cairncrose, his spouse, and 
their lawful heirs, whom failing, the heirs and assignees of 
the said William Hunter, his lands of Williamlaw presently 
occupied by the said William Hunter, paying yearly 
£5 10 s. with duplication. The charter contains precept 
of sasine directed to Robert Cairnecorce in Calfthill, and 
is dated Edinburgh, 30th May 1589 ; witnesses, David 
Brysoun and Robert Stewart, macers, and Mr. Patrick 
Murray. (f. 8.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereon, dated 28th July 
1589, given by Robert Cairncorce in Calfhill ; witnesses, 
Nicol Cairncorce, younger of Calfhill, William Lawder, 
brother german of Robert Lawder of that Ilk, James 
Watsone in Williamlaw and George Blaikie there. Alex- 
ander Wilkieson and John Scot, clerk of the diocese of 
Glasgow, are notaries. (f. 9.) 

Threipwode 

Charter by James Douglas, Lord of Melrose, and feuar 
of the town and lands of Threipwode, narrating that the 
deceased John Bannateine in Threipwod, father of William 
Bannatyne there, and their predecessors were native and 
old possessors of the seventh part of the f of the town and 
lands of Threipwod, with the teinds, and desiring to do 
nothing to lessen their right thereto, for the faithful and 



344 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

thankful service done to him by the said WiUiam Banna- 
tyne and for certain sums of money paid by him, the 
said James Douglas, Lord of Melrose, grants to the 
said William Bannatyne and his heirs and assignees 
the said seventh part of the f of the lands of Threipwod 
with the teinds, to be held of the granter, paying yearly 
five merks 2 s. with one long carriage and 40 loads of 
turf as the old duty, also 8 s. 4 d. in augmentation. With 
five merks 2 s. at the entry of each heir as duplication, 
and service at courts. There is prohibition to alienate 
the lands without the consent of the granter save to 
another kindly tenant of the town of Threipwode or 
dwelling on the granter's lands. Dated Edinburgh, 
31st March 1589 ; witnesses, Nicolas Cairncoree of Calfhill, 
Robert and George Cairncoree, his servitors, and Patrick 
Schaw and Thomas Lumsdaill, servitors to the granter. 

(f. 13.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 1st 
April 1589, given by Alexander Moffat in Threipwood as 
bailie ; witnesses, John Williamsone in Newhouse, George 
Hall in Threipwod, John Moffat, Sir William Moffat, 
Thomas Williamsoune, William Bannatyne, and James 
Moffat there. Andrew Mudie, writer of the sheriffdom of 
Kinrosshire, clerk of the diocese of St. Andrews, is notary. 

(f.l5.) 

Charter narrating that John Moffat, younger, and his 
predecessors have been old and native possessors of the 
seventh part of the f of the town and lands of Threipwod, 
and confirming the same to him and his heirs and assignees, 
paying yearly five merks 2 s. with one long carriage and 
40 loads of turf, also 8 s. 4 d. of augmentation, and five 
merks 2 s. at the entry of each heir as duplication, with 
service at courts etc. Dated Edinburgh, 31st March 
1589; witnesses as in the last charter. (f. 16.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated April 
1589, given by Alexander Moffat in Threipwod as bailie ; 
witnesses and notary as in the last instrument of sasine. 

(f.l8.) 



THREEPWOOD CHARTERS 345 

Charter narrating that the deceased Thomas Rommanos 
in Newhouse of Threipwod, father of WilKam Romanes 
there, were ancient and native possessors of the eighth 
part of the town and lands of Threipwod, and confirming 
to the said WilHam Rommanose the said eighth part of 
the town and lands of Threipwod which he and his father 
occupied, with the teinds, paying yearly six merks as the old 
rent, with 10 s. of augmentation, with 50 loads of peats 
and six merks at entry of heirs as duplication, and services 
as required. Dated Edinburgh, 9th March 1589 ; wit- 
nesses as in the two last charters. (f. 18.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 1st 
April 1589, given by Alexander Moffat in Threipwode ; 
witnesses and notary as in the preceding sasine. (f. 20.) 

Charter narrating that Peter Moffatt in Threipwod and 
his predecessors were ancient and native possessors of 
the seventh part of the | of the town and lands of Threip- 
wode, and confirming to him for his faithful and thankful 
service the said seventh part of the J of the lands of 
Threipwod with the teinds, paying yearly five merks and 
2 s., one long carriage and 40 loads of peats as the old 
duty, with 8 s. 4 d. in augmentation, and five merks 2 s., 
as duplication at entry of heirs, with service as required. 
Dated Edinburgh, 31st March 1589 ; witnesses as in the 
preceding charter. (f. 21.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 1st 
April 1589, given by Alexander Moffat in Threipwod ; 
witnesses and notary as in the preceding sasines. (f. 23.) 

Charter narrating that John Moffat, elder, and his 
predecessors had been ancient and native possessors of a 
seventh part of the | of the town and lands of Threipwod, 
with the teinds, and confirming the same to him and his 
heirs and successors, paying yearly five merks 2 s. with 
40 loads of peats as the old rent, with 8 s. 4 d. in augmen- 
tation, and five merks 2 s. at the entry of heirs as dupli- 
cation, with services as required. Dated Edinburgh, 
31st March 1589 ; witnesses as in the previous charters. 

(f. 23.) 



346 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 1st April 
1589, given" by Alexander Moffat in Threipwod as bailie ; 
witnesses and notary as in the previous sasines. (f. 25.) 

Charter narrating that the deceased Leonard Moffat in 
Threipwod and Isabella Hall, his spouse, and the pre- 
decessors of the said Leonard Moffat were ancient and 
native possessors of a seventh part of the f of the town 
and lands of Threipwod, with the teinds, and that John 
Moffat, their grandson, is lawfully infeft in the same, 
wherefore in terms of a contract between him and the said 
Isabell Hall and her grandson, the Commendator confirms 
to her in liferent and to her grandson, his heirs and assig- 
nees, the foresaid seventh part of the | of the town and 
lands of Threipwod, with the teinds, paying yearly five 
merks 2 s., one long carriage and 40 loads of peats as the 
old rent, with 8 s. 4 d. in augmentation, and five merks 2 s. 
at entry of heirs as duplication, with services as required, 
as they were in use to render to the Abbot and convent of 
Melrose in times past. Dated Edinburgh, 31st March 
1589 ; witnesses as in the preceding charters. (f. 25.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, and dated 
1st April 1589, given by Alexander Moffat in Threipwod 
as bailie ; witnesses and notary as in the preceding 
sasines. (f. 27.) 

Note. All these charters abovewritten of the lands of 
Threipwod are confirmed together and contained in a 
confirmation by the King, dated 4th April 1594. (f. 28.) 

Tack to Peter Moffot, William Bannateine, John Moffat, 
younger, John Moffat, elder, Thomas Moffat, Adam Hall, 
and George Hay, equally heritable feuars of the f of the 
room and steading of Threipwod, and to William Romanose 
John Williamsone and George Romanose, feuars of the 
fourth quarter of the said lands of Threipwod called the 
Newhous for their lifetimes respectively, and after their 
death to the nearest and lawful heir of each of them 
respectively for nineteen years, of the small teinds of the 
said lands of Threipwod, namely teind wool, teind lamb, 
teind hemp, teind lint, teind goose, teind grice, teind stirk, 



THREEPWOOD CHARTERS 347 

teind staig, teind hay, and all other teinds pertaining to 
the vicarage of Melrose from the said lands of Threipwod, 
each feuar of the f of the said lands of Threipwod paying 
yearly 3 s. 7 d., and the feuars of the Newhouse, namely, 
William Romanose, 88 d., John Williamson, 33 d., and 
George Romanose 34 d. Dated Dalkeithe, 23rd August 
1592 ; witnesses, Patrick Cranston, James Philp and 
George Scbaw, servitors to the Commendator. Signed by 
' the Commendator and by John Watsoun, ' onlie Convent.' 

(f. 28.) 

Another Tack to the same persons of the said small teinds 
of their lands for nineteen years from the date hereof for 
the yearly payments as in the preceding tack, dated and 
attested as the preceding tack.^ (f. 29.) 

^ Through the kindness of the Earl of Lauderdale and his agents, Messrs. 
Tods, Murray, and Jamieson, W.S., the editor has been permitted to add the 
following abstracts of Charters relating to Threepwcod : Charter by the Earl 
of Melrose in imjjlement of a Contract between him and John Romanos, in- 
dweller in the town of Newhouses and Threepwood, and the rest of the tenants 
of said town of Newhouse and Threepwood, dated loth and 15th September 
1620, granting to him one half of the lands of Newhouses, paying yearly ;^4, los. 
Scots, a long carriage and 50 loads peat. The Charter dated 2nd December 
1620 is written by John Mackley, the earl's servitor; witnesses, the said John 
Mackley and David M'Culloch, also servitor to the granter. 

Instrument of Sasine thereon, dated 13th December 1620. — Infeflment given 
by James Pringill, apparent of Buckholme, in presence of Robert Lauder of 
Muircleuch ; John Moffat, servitor to John Moffat in Threepwood ; Mungo 
(Quentin) Currur, indweller there; and David M'Culloch, clerk of the diocese 
of Ross. 

Similar Charter, dated 2nd December 1620, to John Williamson, indweller in 
Threepwood, of two parts of the half of Newhouses, paying yearly £^ Scots, 
along carriage, and 34 loads of peat, written and attested as above. 

Similar Charter, dated and December 1620, to William Dewar, indweller in 
Newhouses, of a third part of the half of Newhouses, paying yearly 30 s. Scots, 
a long carriage, and 17 loads of peat, written and attested as above. 

Charter by William Dewar, with consent of Margaret Hoy, his spouse, of 
said third part of Newhouses, to John Rolmainhous, portioner of Newhouses, 
dated ist April 1622. Written by Alexander Wilkeson, nolar in Lauder; 
witnesses, Mr. David Home, minister of Greenlaw, James Spens of Chirnesyde 
maynes, George Lauder, notar in Lauder, and William Henderson, burgess of 
Lauder. On the back there is a confirmation of said Charter by John, Earl of 
Haddington, dated 24th December 1662. 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 23rd July 1635, by John Rolmainhouse, portioner 
of Newhouses, to Edward Hall in Blainslie, of two-thirds of Newhouses. There- 
after Edward Hall infefts Alison Jolly in said subjects. Witnesses, Hugh 



348 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

BUKHOLME 

Charter whereby James, Commendator of the monas- 
tery of Melrose, in accordance with the laws for promoting 
the policy of the country and augmentation of his rental, 
for the services of James Hoppringill of Tynnes in defence 
of the universal Catholic church of Scotland and especially 
of our monastery in the time of wars, troubles and insur- 



Dodis of Murecleuche, James and Philip Dods his sons, James Williamson 
and Andrew Davidsone. On the back there is a confirmation dated 24th 
December 1662. Witnesses, Archibald and John Howie, servitors to the earl. 

Precept of Clare Constat, directing Gideon Jackson of Lochhouses to infeft 
James Williamson, eldest son of deceased John Williamson, indweller in New- 
houses, in two-thirds of half of said lands of Newhouses. 

Precept written by Thomas Wilkinson, notary, dated at Tyninghame 3rd 
July 1662. Witnesses, Robert Lauder and John Howie, the earl's servitors. 

Precept of Clare Constat, directing Gideon Jackson of Lochhouses to infeft ' 
Isobel Hall, wife of John Lethgow, in Newhouses ; Katherine Hall, wife of 
Andrew Marr, in Galtonside, and Marion Hall, wife of Robert Laidlaw, in 
Williamlaw, heirs portioners of Edward Hall in Blanislie, in half of New- 
houses sometime occupied by deceased John Rolmanhouse, indweller in New- 
house, thereafter by Edward JEIall, also one-third of half of said lands sometime 
occupied by deceased Wm. Dewar, thereafter by said John Rolmanhouse, and 
then by Edward Hall, dated 21st December 1662. Witnesses, Archebald 
Erskine and John Howie, servitors to the earl. 

Instrument of Sasine following thereon, dated 14th December 1663. Wit- 
nesses, Alexander Lothian and John Currie, indwellers in Newhouses ; Ephraim 
Wilkieson, younger in Lauder, and Andrew Kennedy in Darwick, Thomas 
Wilkieson, notary. 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 14th December 1663 of John Lithgow in New- 
houses in above subjects on disposition, dated 21st August 1663, by said three 
heira-portioners attested by Gideon Jackson of Lochhouses, Mr. George Hep- 
burn, his brother-in-law, Andrew Kennedy, portioner of Daruick, and Robert 
Trotter, son to Robert Trotter, portioner of Newsteid. After infeftment John 
Lithgow gave sasine to Isobel Hall, his wife, in liferent of one-third of said lands. 

The following is an inventory of writs relating to one and a half husband lands 
of Threepwood, disponed in 17 14 by George Baillie of Jerviswood to Mr. Thomas 
Moffat, minister at Newtown, and Robert Moffat, son of Archibald Moffat, 
Portioner of Threepwood. The Inventory is in the possession of Lord Binning 
at Mellerstaines, and Lord and Lady Binning have permitted the Editor to 
publish it, thus completing the links in the transmission of these lands : — 

1. Feu Charter by Thomas, Earl of Melrose, to Robert Hall, indweller in 
Threepwood, in terms of Contract between the earl and him and the other 
tenants of the town of Threepwood, dated loth and iSth September 1620 ; 
Charter, dated 2nd December 1620. 

2. Sasine thereon, dated 13th December 1620. 

3. Contract of Wadset, 15th May 1641, by said Robert Hall and John Hall, 



BUCKHOLM CHARTERS 349 

rection within this kingdom, and for sums of money paid 
by him, grants to the said James Hoppringill and Agnes 
Forrester, his spouse, in hferent and to John Hoppringill, 
their lawful son, in fee, the lands of Bukholme extending 
in our rental to the yearly sum of ten marks, to be held 
in feufarm for the yearly payment of £lO, being an aug- 
mentation of five merks, with duplication at entry of 



his son, to Mr. Charles Henderson, Commissary of Lauder, and Eupham Scot, 
his wife, of said one and a hal f husband lands. 

4. Sasine upon Charter, in terms of said Contract, 15th May 1641. 

5. Requisition upon said Contract, 24th March 1646. 

6. Letters of horning following, 29th May 1646. 

7. Contract of Aiarriage between Mr. Charles Henderson and Eupham Scot, 
widow of Mr. Robert St. Clair, late Commissary of Lauder, 17th August 1637, 
providing her in 2000 merks. 

8. Charge to enter heir, Eupham Scot, against William Henderson, son of 
Mr. Charles Henderson, nth May 1669. 

9. Assignation by her to Captain William Ramsay of her rights under said 
marriage contract, 3rd June 1669. 

10. Inhibition against William Henderson, 24th November 1669. 

11. Assignation and factory by Eupham Scot to Captain William Ramsay to 
pursue Oliver Sinclair, her son, for intromissions with the tenant's herds of 
cattle, etc., 13th August 1670. 

12. Decreet of Reduction, Eupham Scot and Captain Ramsay against Oliver 
Sinclair, l8th July 1673. 

13. Decreet, Ramsay against William Henderson foresaid, for sum contained 
in marriage contract, i6th February 1676. 

14. Horning following thereon, l6th February 1676. 

15. Special charge to enter heir, loth March 1676. 

16. Decreet of Adjudication following thereon, 3rd February 1677. 

17. Charter by Charles, Earl of Haddington, to Captain William Ramsay, 
5th May 1679, following on Decreet of Adjudication. 

18. Sasine thereon, 15th August 1679. 

19. Disposition by William Ramsay, only son and heir of Captain William 
Ramsay to James Nicolson of Trabroun, 23rd November 1693. 

20. Precept of Clare Constat by Earl of Haddington and his tutors, to said 
William Ramsay, 6th April 1694. 

21. Instrument of Resignation on No. 19 supra, 6th April 1694. 

22. Charter of Resignation by Thomas, Earl of Haddington, and his tutors, 
to James Nicolson, 6th April 1604. 

23. Sasine thereon, 20th October 1696. 

24. Decreet of Adjudication, Sir John Scot of Ancrum against the Repre- 
sentatives of Robert and John Hall, 25th November 1695, adjudging said lands 
from them in his favour. 

25. Inhibition, Sir John Scot against John Hall, 17th July 1663. 

26. Disposition, Sir John Scot to Nicolson, of said Adjudication, 9lh April 
1696. 



350 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

heirs. Dated 22nd March 1547 ; witnesses. Sir John 
Kaw, archdeacon of Lismore, Robert Ormstoun, Mr. Nicolas 
Robisoun, WiUiam Ormistoun, John Schaw, Henry Kin- 
loche. Signed by the Commendator and Robert Liddell, 
prior, Thomas Merser, Richard Chatto, Mungo Purvess, 
WilUam Philp, David Hoppringill, Bernard Bowstoun, 
John Hogart, John Fouuiros, and John Watsoun. (f. 30.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon directed to William 
Ormistoun and Robert Ormistoun as bailies. Same date. 

(f. 32.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon dated 12th 
October 1548, given by William Ormistoun as bailie; 
witnesses, James Hoppringill of Murecleuche, Robert 
Ormistoun, John Hay, Robert Balfour and ' Kardus ' 
Mow, John Spens, clerk of the diocese of Dunkeld being 
notary. (f. 32.) 

This charter is confirmed by the Pope's commission 
dated in May, with the confirmation following thereupon 
dated 8th May 1550. 

Tack to John Hoppringill of Bukholme and James 
Hoppringill, his son and apparent heir, for their lifetimes, 
and the lifetime of James's heir, and for nineteen years 
thereafter, of the teinds of the lands of Bukholme ; yearly 
payment 26 s. 8 d. Dated Edinburgh, 8th June 1594 ; 
witnesses, Walter Cairnecorce in Lugat, Alexander Hop- 
pringill, brother german to the said John, and John 
Hunter, messenger. (f. 33.) 

Maxpopill 

Instrument of Resignation by Alexander Balfour of 
Denemylne in the hands of Michael [Balfour], Commen- 
dator of Melrose, as superior of the lands of Maxpopill ; 
done in the house of Mr. John Spens in Edinburgh about 
9 A.M. on 10th April 1568 ; witnesses, John Ballenden of 
Calfhill, Mr. John Lawder and George Diksone, servitors 
to the said Commendator. (f. 34.) 

Charter by the Commendator to Nicol Cairnecorse, 



MAXPOPILL CHARTERS 351 

brother german of Robert Cairnecorce of Coilmislie, for 
certain sums of money, of the five merk lands of Max- 
popill to be held for the yearly payment of five merks, with 
8 s. of augmentation, and duplication at entry of heirs, with 
service at courts, etc. Dated 15th February 1568, and 
signed by the Commendator and John Watsone. (f. 35.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 23rd 
February 1568, given by John Cairnecorce as bailie ; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Ramsay of Cumislie Mylne, Robert alias 
Hob Cairnecoirs, brother of the said Nicol, and Robert 
Hastie in Brudene, William Frank, clerk of the diocese of 
Glasgow, being notary. (f. 36.) 

Laudhopmure 

Charter to Charles Cairnecorce in Coumeslie and Marion 
Hoppringill, his spouse, in liferent, and John Cairnecorce. 
their son, heritably, of the half of the lands of Laudopmure 
and half of the moss of Reidcorsemoss occupied by the 
foresaid Charles Cairnecorce, paying yearly 27| stones of 
butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone, also three loads (' fid- 
deris ') of turf or 40 d. for each, in the option of the payer, 
with 40 [d.] of augmentation, and duplication at entry of 
heirs, service at the three head courts, etc. Dated Melrose, 
20th March 1567 ; witnesses, Robert Balfour, George 
Dikisone, William Kerter and others. Signed by the 
Commendator and John Watsone, elder, sub-prior, John 
Watsone, younger, Alexander Bannatyne, James Ramsay, 
Thomas Hallywell, Bernard Boustoun and George Weir. 
Note, this charter is confirmed by the King on 4th Feb- 
ruary 1582.1 (f. 112.) 

Instrument of Sasine dated 26th May 1568 in favour of 
Charles Cairnecorce in Commislie, Marion Hoppringill, his 
spouse, and John Cairnecoirce, their son, in half of the 
lands of Laudhopmure with the teinds, and half of the 
marsh of Reidcrosmos, presently occupied by the said 
Charles Cairnecorce, proceeding on a charter granted to 

1 See /ee^-. Mag: Sig., vol. 1580-1593, No. 505. 



352 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

them by the Commendator, dated 20th March 1567. 
Sasine was given by Thomas Scot of Hayning as baihe ; 
witnesses, Thomas Hunter in Halkbume, WilHam Carter 
in CowmisHe, Thomas Cunninghame, James Hoy, WiUiam 
Bannatyne, Wilham Wallace, and John Downyse there and 
William Moffat in Threipwod, John Brydden, clerk of the 
diocese of Glasgow, being notary. (f. 37.) 

Calfhill 

Charter by Alexander Balfour of Denemylne to Nicol 
Cairnecorse, brother german of Robert Cairnecorse of 
Colmislie, and Elizabeth Lauder, his spouse, for a certain 
sum of money, of the lands called Calfhill alias the East 
side of the I^awdopmuir presently occupied by them, 
paying yearly £10 as the old rent, 13 s. 4 d. in augmen- 
tation, with duplication at entry of heirs. Dated 
St. Andrews, 14th May 1569 ; witnesses. Sir James Balfour 
of Pittindreiche, knight, Michael Balfour of Schanweall 
[sic] and David Balfour. (f. 38.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 14th 
August 1569, given by John Hume as bailie ; witnesses, 
William Carter in Cwmslie, John Bannatyne there, George 
Hoppringill and Thomas Moffat, John Biydin being notary. 

■ (f.39.) 

Instrument of Sasine dated 10th July 1583 given by 
Elizabeth; Agnes, Barbara and Katherine Cairnecorce, 
sisters and lawful heirs of the deceased John Cairnecorce, 
son and heir of Charles Cairnecorce of Laudhopmure, with 
consent of John Hoppringill, spouse of the said Elizabeth, 
Charles Cairnecorce, their father, and Adam Hoppringill 
in Fawnis, curators of the said Katherine, to Andrew 
Darling, lawful son of Robert Darling of Apiltreleis and 
Christian Cairnecorse, his future spouse, of half of the 
lands of Laudhopmure with pertinents and half of the 
marsh of Reidcrocemoss ; witnesses, James Lauder of 
Quhitlisland, Andrew Dowglass in Bonajedburgh, George 
Darling in Apiltreleis, John Scot, officer in Melrose, James 
Hadden, notary in Boldsyd, John Hoppringilll in Mure- 



COLMISLIEHILL CHARTERS 353 

houses, and John Watsoun, pensionary of Melrose, Wilham 
Brydin, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. 

(f. 40.) 

COLMISLIEHILL 

Contract dated at Edinburgh, 5th October 1575, and 
recorded there 6th October 1575, between John Hoy of 
Commsliehill and Alexander Balfour of Denemilne, 
whereby for 200 merks the said Alexander Balfour obliges 
himself to infeft the said John Hoy and his heirs and 
assignees in the lands of Colmesliehill, with pertinents, 
which the said John Hoy presently occupies, paying yearly 
to the Commendator the feufarm duties, and one penny to 
the disponer if asked ; witnesses, Robert Balfour, provost 
of the Kirk of Field, Patrick Brown, skinner, burgess of 
Edinburgh, William Ormeistoun of Westhous, John New- 
lands, burgess of Edinburgh, John Hunter in Halkburne, 
Mr. Robert Young and Mr. John McCalzeane. (f. 41.) 

Charter following thereupon whereby Alexander Balfour 
grants to John Hoy the lands of Commesliehill, paying 
yearly £5 as the old rent, with 11 s. 8 d. in augmentation, 
and duplication at entry of heirs. Dated Edinburgh, 5th 
October 1565 ; witnesses, Robert Balfour, son-in-law of 
the disponer, provost of the Collegiate Church of Mary of 
the Fields, and the others mentioned in the preceding 
contract. (f. 42.) 

Charter by Alexander Balfour of Denemylne, to John 
Hoy in Commesliehill, of the lands of Commesliehill with 
pertinents, which the said John Hoy now occupies, in 
terms of contract of the date of these presents, paying 
yearly to the Commendator £5, with lis. 8 d, of aug- 
mentation, and duplication at entry of heirs. Dated 
Edinburgh, 10th July 1584 ; witnesses, John Young, 
writer, Abraham Young, his son, John Moscrope, writer, 
and James Tarbet, servitor to the said John Young, 
writer. (f. 44.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 30th 
October 1584, given by Thomas Hoy in Langschaw as 
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354 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

bailie ; witnesses, William Hoy, brother german of the said 
John Hoy, John Williamsone in Newhouse, and Ninian 
Purves in Commesliehill, William Brydden being notary. 
Note, this charter is confirmed on 11th July 1584 by 
the Commendator, with consent of the Iconimus, and 
afterwards by the king on 7th August 1591. {f. 45.) 

Tack to John Hoy of Coummisliehill, and John Hoy, 
younger, his son, and an heir immediately succeeding the 
said John Hoy, younger, for their lifetimes, and three 
periods of 19 years thereafter, of the teinds of Coummislie- 
hill, paying yearly £5. Dated Edinburgh, 7th May 1587 ; 
witnesses, Thomas Lumsdene, Patrick Schaw, Alexander 
Colvell and James Philp, servitors to the granter. Signed 
by the Commendator and John Watson, ' onlie convent.' 

(f. 72.) 
Mills of Melrose 

Charter by Alexander Balfour of Denemylne, feuar of 
the mills and others underwritten, in terms of contract 
between him and Gilbert Ker of Primsydlpch, Elizabeth 
or Elspeth Edmestoun, his spouse, and Robert Ker, their 
lawful son, dated Edinburgh, 5th November 1574, whereby 
he grants to them in feufarm in liferent and fee respectively 
the two grain mills of Melrose commonly called the two 
corn mills of Melrose with multures, etc., for which they 
have paid to him certain great sums of money. Yearly 
pilyment £48, with duplication, with 1 d. yearly at Whit- 
sunday if asked. Dated Edinburgh, 6th Novemeber 1574 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Henry Balfour, advocate, James Harvy, 
his servitor, James Ramsay in Melrose and Cuthbert 
Burrell. (f. 10.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereon, dated 11th 
November 1574, given by James Ramsay ; witnesses, 
Walter Scott, son of Walter Scott of Suyntoun, Walter 
Dammohoy there, Thomas Mar in Newsteid, Thomas 
Merser there, William Notman in Melrose, Robert Welsche 
there, John Tueedie there and Thomas Nobill in Greinheid. 
John Brydden, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow, is notary. 

(f.l2.) 



MILLS OF MELROSE 355 

There is noted a confirmation produced by the said 
James Ker of two charters, one granted by Robert Ker to 
Katherine Ker of the two corn mills of Melrose in liferent, 
and the other granted by Robert Bowstoune to the said 
Robert Ker of a house and yard in Melrose with five acres 
of land, both confirmed on 21st January 1607 by the 
King.i (f. 13.) 

Charter to Thomas Mar in Newstead for a certain sum 
of money, of the office and service of the grain mills of 
Melrose commonly called the ' Knaiftscheipes ' which are 
vacant by the death of Mathew Ahanney, last possessor 
thereof, to whom the said Thomas Mar is lawful heir, 
paying yearly 24 capons as the old rent, and two capons in 
augmentation, and duplication at entry of heirs, with 
service at the courts of Melrose, etc. Dated Melrose, 1st 
July 1565 ; witnesses, Mr. George Frier, writer in Edin- 
burgh, Cuthbert Matheson, burgess of Edinburgh, and 
George Dickson. (f. 46.) 

This charter is confirmed by King James on March 21st 
1581-82.2 

Charter by King James vi. with consent of Mr. John 
Preston of Penicuik, collector general and treasurer of the 
new augmentations, to Thomas Mar in "Newstaid in life- 
rent and Alexander Mar, his son and heir apparent, and 
his heirs and assignees heritably in feufarm, of the office 
and service of the grain mills of Melrose commonly called 
the knaifscheipis with the bannok and their pertinents, 
and that land or tenement coiitaining 2^ particates or 
falls in width and 16 in length, in the lordship of Melrose, 
before the front gate of the monastery of Melrose on the 
south side of the highway between the lands of the monas- 
tery on the west, the land of Thomas Congiltoun on the 
east, the lands of Quarrelhill on the south and the highway 
on the north, with the acre of arable land of the Quarrel- 
hill and pasture for two cows with their followers in the 
commonty in Danzeltoun, and for a horse or heifer in the 



1 See Reg. Mag. Sig., vol. 1593-1608, No. 1837. 
« Ibid., vol. 1580-1593, No. 386. 



356 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Greenyaird and Weirhill from the beginning of April 
yearly to the gathering of the corn, and for the rest of each 
year wherever the animals and the horses of the said 
monastery are pastured, with right of peats in the peateries 
of Threipwod or whereever they may be had with least 
damage to the monastery ; which office was resigned by the 
said Thomas Mar for this new grant, paying yearly to the 
Crown for the knaveship of the mill 26 capons as the duty 
formerly in use to be paid, with duplication at entry of 
heirs and three suits of court at Melrose, and for the said 
tenement and the acre of land 20 s., with 5 s. for teind ale 
etc. Dated Perth, 10th July 1 604.1 (f . 51 .) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon, dated as the 
immediately preceding charter. (f. 52.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
24th March 1607, given by Andrew Wallace, sheriff in 
that part ; witnesses, William Fischar in Newstaid, Robert 
NicoU in Melrose, George Frier there and John Frier there, 
John Clerk, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. 

(f. 54.) 

Letter of Pension to Alexander Mar, son and heir appar- 
ent of Thomas Mar in Newsteid for his good services, of a 
yearly pension of four bolls three firlots of meal ' girnell 
mett,' four bolls three firlots of beir 'girnell met,' and 9 J 
capons, to be uplifted yearly out of the duties of the 9^ 
acres of land possessed by his said father in the Annay, 
also the rent due yearly for the 12 acres of Newstaid and 
the eight acres in Coityairdis extending to £6. 12 d., pre- 
sently possessed by his father, with the carriage and kain 
fowls of the said lands, likewise the 12 capons addebted 
yearly for the half of the knaveships of the two Abbey 
Mylnes of Melrose presently possessed by his said father, 
for the collection of which duties he appoints him his 
chamberlain for life. Dated Melrose, 3rd March 1593 ; 
witnesses, Andrew Hog, servitor to Lady Fairnehairst, 
William Douglass in Frierschaw, and John Hunter, 
messenger. (f. 54.) 

' See Reg. Mag. Sig., vol. 1593-1608, No. 1538, 



NEWSTEID CHARTERS 357 

Confirmation by King Jannes vi. of a feu-charter by the 
deceased Michael, Commendator of Melrose, to Thomas 
Mar of the service and office of the mills called the corn 
mills of the Abbey of Melrose alias the knaveships and 
bannok of the said mills then vacant by the death of 
Mathew Ahannay, last servitor in the said office, dated 
Melrose, 1st July 1565, which confirmation shall be of as 
great validity to the said Thomas Mar and to Alexander Mar, 
his son, as if the charter by the Commendator were in- 
serted verbatim, and he hereby grants to the said Thomas 
Mar in liferent and Alexander Mar, his son, and his heirs 
and assignees heritably, the said office and service, for the 
yearly payment of 24 capons, with two capons in aug- 
mentation, and duplication at entry of heirs, with service 
at the three head courts at Melrose, Dated Edinburgh, 
14th April 1609.1 (f 55 ) 

Precept of Sasine following upon the preceding charter 
of the same date. (f. 57.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 22nd 
April 1609, given by Michael Fischer, sheriff in that part ; 
witnesses, James Robsone in Melrose, John Frier there, 
Alexander Merser in Newsteid, and James Forsen there, 
John Scott being notary. (f. 59.) 

Newsteid 2 

Charter to Thomas Mar of the 12 acres of the lands of 
Newstead with half of a cot yard there and pertinents now 



' See Reg. Mag. Sig., vol. 1609-1620, No. 54. 

^ Through the kindness of W. J. S. Roberts, Esq. of Drygrange, I am pri- 
vileged to print the following translation of the original Feu Charter of the 
lands of Newsteid now in his possession : ' To all who shall see or hear this 
charter, Michael by divine permission perpetual Commendator of the monastery 
of Melrose and the convent thereof of the Cistercian Order, in the diocese of 
Glasgow, greeting in the Lord everlasting. Whereas not only by the sanction 
of both kinds of law but by the decrees of the most serene Princes of Scotland and 
acts which by the practique of Scotland are observed as laws, it is the custom 
that the lands both of kings, ecclesiastics, and laymen and of such as possess their 
lands heritably should be leased and granted in feu-farm or fee heritably chiefly to 
the kindly tenants and occupiers thereof, but without diminution of their rentals, 
so that by the care, diligence and labour of prudent men barren land may be cul- 
tivated, bettered, and brought to a higher state of fertility, the feufarm tenants of 



358 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

occupied by himself, paying yearly for the said 12 acres 
with the teinds, 9 bolls 3 firlots of barley, 6 kaiil fowls, 



these lands increased in movable and warlike provision, and sufficient houses 
and other policies erected thereupon : Know ye therefore that we with one con- 
sent and assent for this effect chapterly assembled, having carefully treated and 
consulted the interest and profit of our said monastery and of our successors, 
likewise for the sum of twenty-six hundred and fifty merks, usual Scots money, 
wholly and fully paid and delivered to us for the making of these presents by 
the persons underwritten tenants and possessors of the lands afterfoUowing for 
relief, support, and sustentation of us and our said monastery in the troublous 
times bygone, and for sundry other help, kindness, services and good deeds 
done and to be done by them to us and applied for the benefit and special need 
of our said monastery, likewise for augmentation of the rental of our said mon- 
astery extending yearly to the sum of £8 19 s. 3 d. money foresaid, beyond what 
the tenants underwritten have ever paid or given before, and for diverse other 
reasonable causes and considerations moving us to the making of these presents 
have given, granted, disponed, made over, leased, and in feufarm or perpetual fee 
heritably demitted and by this our present charter confirmed, likeas we give, 
grant, dispone, make over, lease and in feufarm or perpetual fee heritably demit 
and by this our present charter confirm to our lovites Robert Gumming in New- 
stead, Thomas Wilson there, Thomas Slater there, John Merser there, Robert 
Slater there, Richard Mein there, James Maybone there, John Gray there, 
Andrew Merser there, Thomas Mar there, John Cott there, Andrew alias Dand 
Mein there, Mathew Fisher there, Robert Mein there, Thomas Laing there, 
John Johnston there, John Merser there, Thomas Bonze there, William Mein 
younger there, Andrew Mein there, Robert Brown there, William Mein, elder 
there, Thomas Merser there, John Lindsay there, John Middlemas in Melrose, 
George Wilson in Newstead, James Brown there, David Thomson there, John 
Vair there, William Pearson there, Bernald Merser there, Robert Boston there, 
and Robert Wallace there, and their respective heirs and assignees whomsoever, 
all and whole our lands and town of Newstaid with our meadows called 
Houlawmedo and Foure aiker medo and Spensaris medo with the teind sheaves 
of all and sundry the foresaid lands town and meadows included which have 
never been separated from the stock and with all and sundry parts, pendicles, and 
pertinents bounded, limited and lying as hereafter follows in the vernacular, viz. 
Begynnand at the burne mouth of Scouburne quhair it rynnis in the watter of 
Tweyd at the south eist, ascendand up the said burne to the fuit of Harylaw- 
knowes and thairfra to the held of Hairylawbuttis, and fra that to the Brumehill 
of Eildoun and fra that to the Hynnis medo of Eildoun, and fra that to the' north 
bank of Eildoun, and fra that ascendand upoun the mercat gait passand to Jed- 
burgh as it gangis eistwardis quhill it cum to the stane callit the standand stane 
betuix Wattis medo and the Cottburneley, and fra that ascendand to the stand- 
and stane on the bank of Cheritrig, and fra that ascendand to the Cutlawgait 
fuit, and fra that to the Meynisklopdykheid and fra that to the Braidwod of 
Boulden, and fra that to the Sweirilhoillis, and fra that to the west fluiris 
yettis, and fra that boundand with the nether bank of the hilling callit New- 
staidhillis to the nik undir the Homecraig, and fra that discendand be 
the west syd of the Wyndiebank and fra that eist to the ward dyk quhill 



NEWSTEID CHARTERS 559 

3 short carriages and one long carriage, and 4 loads of 
peat, and for the half of the cot yard 34 s. as the old rent. 



it cum to the Pryouriswod corse, and fra that to the Pryouriswod dyk and 
fra that to the landis of Annay, and fra that to the watter of Tweid and mylne- 
furd thairof, and fra that doun the watter of Tweid to the burnemouth of 
Scouburne, and this to each of the foresaid tenants and occupiers and their 
heirs and assignees abovewritten in proportion as they occupy in manner follow- 
ing, but reserving to us and in our gift the lands called Plumber aikeris and 
Officearris aikeris of the said town of Newstaid, with the mill thereof, and the 
fishing of the water of Tweed thereto belonging, with their whole pertinents — 
namely, to the said Robert Gumming, two acres of land of the foresaid lands and 
town of Newstead ; to the said Thomas Wilson, two acres of the said lands and 
town ; to the said Thomas Slater, two acres of the said lands ; to the said John Mer- 
ser, four acresof the said lands; to the said Robert Slater, ten acres of the saidlands, 
with the yard called the White yard and three acres of the said town and lands in 
Langmedois; to the said Richard Mein, six acres of the foresaid lands j to the 
said James Maybone, eight acres of the said town and lands, with two acres of 

land in Langmedo ; and also to the said James, the alleys of and the 

piece of land called the Medoland ; to the said John Gray, two acres of the said 
lands ; to the said Andrew Merser, four acres of the said lands ; to the said 
Thomas Mar, twelve acres of the said lands ; and to the said Thomas, half of the 
Cott yard in Newstead ; to the said John Gott, two acres of the said lands ; to 
the said Andrew, alias Dand Mein, six acres of the said lands, with six acres of 
land in Eildoun Cott ; to the said Mathew Fisher, twelve acres of land of 
Newstead ; to the said Robert Mein, ten acres of the land there, with half of the 
foresaid Got yard ; to the said Thomas Laing, two acres of the lands of New- 
stead ; to the said John Johnston, eight acres of the same, with half of the Over- 
hairlawbuttis ; to the said John Merser, seven acres of the town and lands of 
Newstead ; to the said Thomas Bonze, eight acres of the same ; to the said 
William Mein, younger, eight acres of the same ; to the said Andrew Mein, ten 
acres of the same ; to the said Robert Brown, eight acres of the same ; to the 
said William Mein, elder, ten acres of the same ; to the said Thomas Merser, 
ten acres of the same ; to the said John Lindsay, four acres of the same ; to the 
said John Middlemas in Melrose, four acres of the same ; to the said George 
Wilson, four acres of the same, and half of Hairlawbuttis ; to the said Thomas 
Brown, ten acres of the lands of Newstead ; to the said David Thomson, eight 
acres of the same ; to the said John Vair, six acres of the same ; to the said 
William Pearson, four acres of the same ; to the said Bernald Merser, three 
acres of the same, and an acre in Langmedo ; to the said Robert Boston, the 
lands of Tuipmedo and Welmedo in Newstead ; and to the said Robert Wallace, 
six acres in Eildoun Gott, with a piece of land called the Monkis land, with all 
and sundry the teind sheaves of all and whole the foresaid lands and town 
houses, buildings, pendicles and pertinents thereof, particularly and respectively 
before written bounded and limited as above, lying within the lordship and 
regality of Melrose and sheriffdom of Roxburgh, and occupied by the said 
persons respectively : Holding all and whole the foresaid town and lands of 
Newstead, with the said meadows of Hairlawmedo and four aiker medo, with 
the teind sheaves of all and sundry the foresaid lands, included therein parts. 



360 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

with 7 s. of augmentation, or 8 s. for each boll of barley, 
with thirlage to the mills of the monastery and service at 



pendicles, and pertinents bounded, limited, and lying as above, to the foresaid 
persons, tenants and occupiers thereof, and their heirs and assignees respectively 
particularly and proportionally as is above written, of us and our successsors, 
the abbots, commendators, and convent of our said monastery, being for the 
time in feu-farm or fee and heritage for ever, by all their right meaths ancient 
and divided as they lie in length and breadth in houses, buildings, woods, fields, 
moors, marshes, ways, pools, streams, meadows, pastures and pasturages, 
hawkings, huntings, peataries, turferies, coals, coalheuchs, doves, dovecots, 
rabbits, rabbit warrens, smithies, brewhouses, brushwood, broom, woods, 
groves, plantings, firewood, thatch, stone quarries, stone and lime, with common 
pasture, free entry and exit, and with all and sundry other liberties, commodities, 
profits and easements, and their just pertinents whatsoever, as well not named 
as named, under the earth as above, near and remote belonging, or which may 
justly be held to belong, any manner of way in time coming to the foresaid 
lands and others abovewritten, with the pertinents, quietly, fully, freely, entirely, 
honourably, well, and in peace, without any impediment, recall, gainsaying or 
obstruction of any kind : Paying therefor yearly the foresaid tenants and 
occupiers of the town and lands and others respectively abovewritten, and their 
heirs and assignees, p ularly in manner under written, to us and our 
successors foresaid, an our chamberlains and factors of our said monastery, 
being for the time as hereafter follows, namely, the said Bernard Merser for his 
acre in Langmedo, which he now occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents 
thereof, the sum of 5 s. Scots ; and the said Robert Gumming for his two acres 
in Newstead, which he now occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents 
thereof, six firlots two pecks of barley, Melrose measure, a cain fowl, a short 
carriage, and load of peats ; the said Thomas Wilson foi the two acres occupied 
by him, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the same as Robert 
Gumming pays for his two acres ; the said Thomas Slater for the two acres 
now occupied by him, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; 
the said John Gray and Thomas Laing for the two acres of land which they now 
respectively occupy, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the 
said John Gott for his two acres, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 
the like ; the said James Maybone for the two acres in Langmedo which he now 
occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, two bolls of barley, 
Melrose measure ; the said Robert Slater for the three acres in Langmedo which 
he now occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, six firlots of 
meal and six firlots of barley, both Melrose measure ; the said Barnald Merser 
for the three acres of land which he now occupies, with the teind sheaves and 
pertinents thereof, two bolls one firlot and three pecks of barley, measure fore- 
said, with a long carriage, a load of peats, and one and a half cain fowls ; the 
said John Merser for the four acres which he now occupies, with the teind 
sheaves and pertinents thereof, three bolls one firlot of barley, measure foresaid, 
with two cain fowls, one and a half short carriages, one and a half loads of peat ; 
the said Andrew Merser for the four acres which he now occupies, with the teind 
sheaves and pertinents thereof, three bolls one firlot of barley, measure foresaid, 
vith two cain fowls, one and a half loads of peats, a short carriage, and half of a 



NEWSTEID CHARTERS 361 

courts. Dated 3rd January 1568 ; witnesses, Malcolm 
Hoppringill, chamberlain to the Commendator, John 



long carriage ; the said John Middlemass for the four acres which he now 
occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, three bolls one firlot of 
barley, two cain fowls, a long carriage, and a load of peats ; the said George 
Wilson for the four acres of land which he now occupies, with the teind sheaves 
and pertinents thereof, the like ; the said William Pearson for the four acres 
which he now occupies, with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; 
the said John Lindsay for the four acres which he now occupies, with the teind 
sheaves thereof and pertinents, three bolls one firlot of barley, two cain fowls, a 
load and a half of peats, and a long carriage ; the said Richard Mayne for his six 
acres of land, with the teind sheaves and pertinents, four bolls three firlots two peck 
of barley, three cain fowls, two loads of peats, one short carriage, one long carriage ; 
the said Andrew, alias Dand Mein, for the six acres which he now occupies, 
with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; and the said Andrew 
for his 6 acres in Eildon Cott which he now occupies with the teind sheaves 
and pertinents thereof, 3 bolls barley, measure foresaid ; the said John Vair for 
the 6 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents, 
similarly as Andrew Mein pays for his 6 acres in Newstead ; the said Robert 
Wallace for his 6 acres of land in Eildoun Cott with teind sheaves and pertinents 
thereof, 3 bolls of barley, measure foresaid ; the said John Merser for the 7 
acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 

5 bolls, 2 firlots, 3 pecks of barley, measure foresaid, 3J cain fowls, 2 short 
carriages, one long carriage, 2 loads of peats ; the said James Maybone for the 
8 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 

6 bolls 2 firlots of barley, measure foresaid, 4 cain fowls, -^ short carriages, one 
long carriage, 3 loads of peats ; the said John Johnston for the 8 acres which 
he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the 
said Thomas Bonze for the 8 acres which he now occupies with the teind 
sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the said William Mein, younger, for 
the 8 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 
the like ; the said Robert Brown for the S acres which he now occupies with 
the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the said David Thomson for 
the 8 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents 
thereof, the like ; the said Robert Slater for the 10 acres of land in Newstead 
which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 8 bolls 
2 pecks of barley, measure foresaid, 5 cain fowls, 3 short carriages, one long 
carriage, 3 loads of peats ; the said Robert Mein for the 10 acres which he now 
occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 8 bolls 2 pecks of 
barley, measure foresaid, 5 cain fowl, 3 short carriages, one long carriage and 
4 loads of peats ; the said Andrew Mein for the 10 acres which he now occupies 
with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the said William Mein, 
elder, for the 10 acres of land which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and 
pertinents thereof, the like ; the said Thomas Merser for the 10 acres which he 
now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, the like ; the said 
James Brown for the 10 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves 
and pertinents thereof, similarly as Thomas Merser pays for his 10 acres; the 
said Thomas Mar for the 12 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves 



362 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Watson, minister of Melrose, and William McCartnay, 
notary. . (f. 48.) 



and pertinents thereof, 9 bolls 3 firlots of barley, measure foresaid, 6 cain fowls, 
3 short carriages, one long carriage, 4i loads of peats ; the said Mathew Fisher 
for the 12 acres which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents 
thereof, 9 bolls 3 firlots of barley, measure foresaid, 3 short carriages, one long 
carriage and 4 loads of peats with 6 cain fowls ; the said Robert Slater for the 
White yard now occupied by him with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 
3 bolls of barley, measure foresaid ; the said James Maybone for the alleys, the 
sum of 10 s., money foresaid, and for the piece of land called the Medoland, the 
sum of 20 s.; the said Thomas Mar for his half of the Cottyard with the 
teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 34s. ; the said Robert Mein for the half of 
the Cottyard which he occupies, the like ; the said John Johnston for the half 
of the lands of Hairlawbuttis which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and 
pertinents thereof, 7 s. ; the said George Wilson for the half of the Hairlawbuttis 
which he now occupies with the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, 7 s.; the 
said Robert Boston for the lands of Tuipmedo and Welmedo with the pertinents, 
20 s. ; and the said Robert Wallace for his piece of land called the Monkis land 
with the pertinents abovewritten, 27 s. ; the sum of the whole barley foresaid 
extending to 10 chalders, 1 S bolls, one firlot of barley ; the sum of the cain fowls 
foresaid extending to 98 cain fowls ; the sum of the said long carriages extending 
to 24 ; the sum of the said short carriages extending to 424 ; the sum of the 
loads of peats foresaid extending to 72 ; the sum of the money foresaid extend- 
ing to £"], 17 s. salvo justo calculo, as the old yearly ferms and duties contained 
in our rental formerly in use and wont to be paid for the foresaid lands town 
meadows with teind sheaves included and their pertinents, parts, and pendicles 
abovewritten, together with the sum of ^^8 19s. 3d. in augmentation of our 
rental more than ever was paid for the same before, or paying yearly for each 
boll of the foresaid bolls of barley, 9 s. money foresaid, at the option, pleasure, 
and will of the said tenants their heirs and assignees at the terms respectively 
underwritten namely, the said sums of money at two terms in the year, namely 
Whitsunday and Martinmas by equal portions, and the said remaining duties 
foresaid at the terms used and wont ; likewise the said tenants, their heirs, and 
assignees respective foresaid paying the accustomed multure of their grain 
growing upon the foresaid lands yearly to the mills of our said monastery, also 
compearing and answering yearly in the courts of our said monastery and 
regality when and as often as the same shall be held ; likewise the heirs and 
assignees of the said tenants respective foresaid paying the sum of 20 s. money 
foresaid for each "aucht aiker cavill" of the foresaid lands, town, and meadows 
respectively abovewritten proportionally as they occupy, the first year of their 
entry to the foresaid lands in name of doubling the feufarm, and this for all 
other burden, exaction, question, demand or secular service which can justly by 
any manner of way be asked or required by any whomsoever from the said lands, 
and town meadows . . . : Provided always that if it shall happen the foresaid 
persons or any of them their heirs and assignees to fail in payment of the 
foresaid feufarm so that three terms run into the fourth unpaid, then and in 
that case they shall lose and forfeit the present feufarm lease and this present 
infeftment shall now as then be of no strength force or effect. And we forsooth 



NEWSTEID CHARTERS 363 

Instrument of Sasiiie following thereupon, dated 14th 
February 1568, and given by John Fischer as bailie ; 



the said Michael, commendator foresaid, and our convent and our successors, 
abbots or commendators and convent of the said monastery being for the time, 
all and sundry the foresaid lands, town meadow^s, and acres of land described, 
occupied, limited and lying as is abovewritten with all and sundry the teind 
sheaves, pendicles, and pertinents thereof respectively included to the foresaid 
persons, tenants, and occupiers and each of them as is particularly before described 
and their heirs and assignees respectively freely and quietly in all and by all in 
form and effect as is abovewritten against all deadly shall warrand, acquit, and 
for ever defend. Moreover to our lovites . . . and each of you conjunctly and 
severally our bailies in that part specially constituted greeting : We strictly 
require and command you that immediately these presents seen ye give and 
deliver heritable state and sasine and real actual and corporal possession of all 
and sundry the foresaid lands, town meadows, and acres limited bounded and 
lying as above with all and sundry teind sheaves, parts, pendicles, and pertinents 
thereof respectively abovewritten to the foresaid persons and each of them by 
name and individually as is abovewritten proportionally as they occupy or to 
their certain attorneys bearers hereof by delivery of earth and stone of the ground 
of the said lands as the manner is, according to the tenor of our foresaid charter 
which they respectively have of us, and this in no wise ye omit the which to do 
we commit to you conjunctly and severally our bailies in that part foresaid our 
full and irrevocable power. In witness whereof to this our present charter 
containing precept of sasine subscribed with our hands the common seal of the 
chapter of our said monastery is appended at our said monastery the 13th day 
of September 1564 before these witnesses, Alexander Balfour of Deneis Mylne, 

James and John Home, our servitors, with sundry others [Signeif] 

Michael, commendator of Melrose, Thomas Halywell, John Watsone, David 
Pryngyll. [indorsed] General charter granted by the commendator of Melrose 
of the lands and town of Newstead to the tenants and occupiers thereof.' 

The following Charter of other lands in Newstead is in the possession of 
Mr. Curie :— 

Feu-Charter to John Merser in Newstaid, who has paid 42 merks towards 
maintenance of the monastery, and augmentation of rental to the extent of 
3 s. 3d. yearly, of those four acres of land of the town and lands of Newstaid, 
with houses, yards, pendicles, teind sheaves and pertinents, now occupied by 
him, in the lordship and regality of Melrose and sheriffdom of Roxburgh ; to 
be held of the granter and his successors, commendators or abbots of the said 
monastery, and their convent, in feufarm fee and heritage, for yearly payment 
to them of 3 bolls I firlot of barley, Melrose measure, two kain fowls, one short 
carriage and half of a short carriage, a load of peats and half a load of peats, as 
for the old ferm and duty, and 3 s. 3d. of augmentation ; or paying at his 
discretion 8 s. for each boll of barley foresaid ; also bringing his grain to the 
abbey mills, giving suit to the courts of the said monastery and regality when- 
soever they are held, and paying by way of duplicand at entry of heirs his 
proportion of 20 s. imposed upon each ' aucht aiker cavill' of the foresaid town 
and lands, being in his case 10 s. If three terms' feufarm duty run into the 
fourth unpaid, this charter shall become void. Precept is directed to John 



364 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

witnesses, Robert Meyne, mason in Newsteid, Patrick Mar 
there, James Maben there, John Gray there and John 
Middelmest in Melrose, John Brydden being notary. 

(f. 50.) 

Selkirk 

Charter by King James vi. narrating that a tenement of 
land, etc., possessed by Sarah Loch, lawful daughter of the 
deceased John Loch, who was only lawful son of the 
deceased Margaret Brydden, widow of the deceased Andrew 
Loch, burgess of Selkirk, has been possessed by them and 
the said Sarah Loch and their predecessors as old and 
kindly tenants of the Abbey of Melrose beyond memory 
of man ; therefore he with consent of the officers of State 
grants to the foresaid Sarah Loch and her heirs and assig- 
nees in feufarm that tenement of land within the burgh 
of Selkirk on the north side thereof, with an acre of land 
and pertinents lying at the end of the said tenement, 
between the lands of the deceased David Hall on the west, 
those of the deceased John Bryden on the east, the high- 
way on the south, and the water of Etrick on the north, 
for the yearly payment of 25 s. as the old duty with 20 d. 
of augmentation, duplication, and the customary burghal 
rent. Dated Holyroodhouse, 8th August 1590. (f. 59.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon of the same date. 

(f. 60.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon,, dated 22nd 
January 1590, given by John Scot, one of the bailies of 
Selkirk ; witnesses, George Vilkesone, burgess of Selkirk, 
Nicolas Chepman and John Brown, burgesses there, and 
James Wilkeine, William Syntoun and Andrew Trumble 
there. (f. 61.) 

Charter by Andrew Abbot of Melrose, whereby he grants 



Fischer to give sasine ; and the charter is dated at the monastery of Melrose 
3rd July 1568 ; witnesses, Malcolm Hoppringle, the granter's chamberlain, John 
Watson, minister of Melrose, and William M'Cartney, notary public. [Signed] 
Michael, Commendatarius de Melrose ; Johannes Watsone, junior ; Alex'' 
Ballentyne ; Jacobus Ramsay ; Thomas Hallewell ; Barnardus Bowston ; 
Johannes Fourois ; Dauid Hoppringill ; Jhones Watsone, elder, supprior ; 
Thomas Meyn. The common seal of the chapter is appended, fairly legible. 



SELKIRK CHARTERS 365 

to David Hall, son and heir apparent of John Hall, burgess 
of Selkirk, in feufarm a tenement of land in the burgh 
of Selkirk on the north side of the public street thereof 
between the lands of John Bryddin on the east, the lands 
of James Vilkeisoun on the east, ^the High Street of the 
said burgh on the south and the water of Etrick on the 
north, extending in our rental to the sum of 20 s., for the 
yearly payment of 25 s. to which the rent has been aug- 
mented, also the burghal rent due to the king. Dated 
10th August 1534 ; witnesses, Robert Liddale and Thomas 
Merser, monks of the said monastery, William Berclay and 
Sir John Durie, Chaplain. (Signed) Andreas de Melros, 
Abbot ; also by Robert Derlyng, Nicolas Williamsoun, 
Robert Hoye, Robert Liddell, JoTin Andersoun, John 
Brounfeild, Richard Pancos [?] ^ subprior, John Herwond, 
Robert Huidsoun, Adam Hangaldsyd, Thomas Drydein, 
David Hoppringill, John Sommerrose [sic], Thomas Smyth, 
Thomas Brounfeild, Thomas Blythe, Mungo Purves, 
Ralph Huidsoun, James Riddall, John Liddall, Thomas 
Merser and John Hogart. (f. 62.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 24th 
October 1534, given by Robert Chepman, one of the bailies 
of Selkirk ; witnesses. Sir Robert Liddale and Sir Thomas 
Merser, monks of the monastery of Melrose, John Hoy in 
Comesliehill and George Chepman, John Brydin, John 
Rannyk and Andrew Brydin, Nicolas Brydin of the 
diocese of Glasgow being notary. (f. 63.) 

Charter by John Hall, son and heir of the deceased 
David Hall, burgess of Selkirk, whereby he sells to George 
Wilkesoun, burgess of Selkirk, his tenement of land and 
garden with two portions of arable land with the two 
' ever schottis ' within the liberty of the said burgh between 
the tenement and lands of the deceased John Bryddin and 
Margaret Brydden, his daughter, widow of Andrew Loch, 
on the east, the highway on the south, the tenement and 
lands occupied by George Wilkiesoune on the west, and 
the portion of land which formerly belonged to the said 



' Probably a mistake for Pancof (Phancouth). 



366 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

John Hall and now to William Suyntoun, burgess there, 
on the north, held from the king for the yearly payment 
to the Crown of the customary burghal duty, and to the 
Commendator of Melrose 21 s. 8 d. Dated Selkirk, 
19th March 1588 ; witnesses, Gavin Wilkeine, burgess of 
Selkirk, Thomas Scot, tailor, burgess there, John Rowane, 
indweller there, and William Brydin being notary. 

(f. 64.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 8th 
March 1588, given by Patrick Kene as bailie ; witnesses, 
Nicolas Chapman, William Dwne, Robert Scot, brother 
german of James Scot, burgess of Selkirk, Alexander Tod, 
schoolmaster there, and John Wilkesone, all in Selkirk, 
William Brydin, being notary. (f. 65.) 

Instrument of Sasine dated 8th March 1588, given by 
Patrick Kene, one of the bailies of Selkirk, to John Hall, 
burgess there, lawful and nearest heir of the deceased 
David Hall, burgess of Selkirk, his father, in the lands 
contained in the preceding sasine ; the same witnesses 
and notary. (f. 66.) 

Charter by King James vi. to the foresaid George 
Wilkesoun, burgess of Selkirk, whose ancestors have been 
native and kindly tenants of the monastery of Melrose 
past memory of man, in feufarm of that tenement of land 
with pertinents in the burgh of Selkirk on the north of 
the public street thereof between the lands of the deceased 
John Brydin on the east, the lands of the deceased James 
Wilkieson on the west, the highway of the said burgh on 
the south and the water of Etrick on the north, for the 
yearly payment of 25 s. as the old rent to the Abbey of 
Melrose, with 20 d. of augmentation, and the customary 
burghal duties. Dated Holyroodhouse, 6th August 1590. 

(f. 66.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon of the same date. 

(f. 67.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 22nd 
January 1590, given by James Scot, one of the bailies of 
Selkirk ; witnesses, James Trumbill in Selkirk, Nicolas 



CRUIK CHARTERS 367 

Chepman and John Broun, burgesses there, James Wilkene, 
WilUam Syntoun, Robert Hawden and Andrew Trumbill, 
all there, William Brydin being notary. (f. 68.) 

Cruik 

Charter in feufarm to William Dowglas in Cruik and his 
heirs and assignees of the three merk lands of Cruik with 
pertinents now occupied by himself, paying yearly 40 s. as 
the old rent, with 3 s. 4 d. in augmentation, and dupli- 
cation at entry of heirs. Precept is directed to Thomas 
Scote of Hayning and Arthur Dowglas. Dated Melrose, 
8th April 1568 ; witnesses, Malcolm Hoppringill, chamber- 
lain to the Abbot, Patrick, Donald and James Dowglass in 
Banejedward, and John Wallace in Melrose. Signed by 
the Commendator, and John Watson, elder, subprior, 
Thomas Halywell, Barnard Boustoun, John Feurros, 
Thomas Mayn, John Watson, younger, James Ramsay, 
George Weir and Alexander Ballanteine. (f. 69.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, 'dated 5th 
April 1569, given by Arthur Dowglass in Kirktoun ; 
witnesses, William Dowglass in Kirktoun, Walter Trumbill 
in Caveris, William Paterson in Cruik and Walter Scot 
there, Mr. George Dowglass of the diocese of Glasgow 
being notary. (f. 70.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Martin Dowglass 
as heir to his father William Dowglas of Cruik, in the 40 s. 
lands of Cruik, paying yearly 40 s. The precept is directed 
to William Scot in Hawak and dated Melrose, 16th Novem- 
ber 1592 ; witnesses, Gawin Thomsoun, Patrick Cranstoun 
and John Scote, notary, servitors to the granter. (f. 71.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
21st November 1592, given by William Scot in Hawik ; 
witnesses, Robert Scot in Hawik, Adam Scot in Ormestoun, 
James Dowglas called of Deynebray, Simon Routlege in 
Cruik and Robert Thorbrand there, Hugh Boustoun being 
notary. (f. 71.) 

Letter of Pension, in favour of John Dowglass, second 
son of Mertene Dowglass of the Cruik, of a yearly pension 



368 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of ten merks to be uplifted from the Kirkland of Hassin- 
daine and the lands of the Cruik, of which three merks are 
to be taken out of the latter. Dated Melrose, 16th Novem- 
ber 1592 ; witnesses, Gawen Thomesoun, Patrick Crans- 
toun and John Scot, notary, servitors to the granter. (f . 71 .) 

The Mill of Newtoun 

Charter narrating that the mill of Newtoun with the 
multures thereto belonging to the towns of Newtoun, 
Lessudwyne, Elistoun, Cammistoun, Maxpoffill, Muir- 
houslaw and Plewland, extending in the rental to the sum 
of 12 merks yearly, were let in feufarm without any profit 
to the deceased Arthur Sinclair, and afterwards belonged 
heritably in feufarm to Mr. Henry Sinclair, Dean of 
Glasgow, his brother and heir, and are now fallen in *our' 
hands as superiors, which the Commendator now grants in 
favour of Robert Carnecorse of Cummislie, in whose favour 
they were resigned by the said Mr. Henry Sinclair, to be 
held by him and Barbara Home, his spouse, in feufarm, 
paying yearly 12 merks as the old rent and 13 s. 4 d. in 
augmentation, with service at court-. Dated 20th May 
1557. Signed by the Commendator and Convent. 

(f. 73.) 

(This charter is confirmed by the king on 19th May 1587.^) 
Precept of Sasine following thereupon of the same date. 

(f. 75.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of William Caime- 
corce now of Commislie as heir to the deceased Robert 
Cairnecorse, his father, in the Mill of Newtoun with the 
multures thereof. Dated Edinburgh, 11th December 1581 ; 
witnesses, James Primrose, James Maistertoun and Archi- 
bald Dundas, servitors to the Commendator, who signs 
the precept. (f, 76.) 

Tack to William Caircorce of Cummislie for his lifetime, 
and to James Caircorce, his son, and his heirs for nineteen 
years, of the teinds of the lands of Langley, Cummislie and 



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ALLANSHAWS CHARTERS 369 

Wowplaw, paying yearly for Langlie £10, for Cumislie 
£6 13 s. 4 d., and for Wowplaw 30 s., being in all 
£18 3 s. 4d. Dated Edinburgh, 12th October 1587; 
witnesses, William Schaw of Latharighe, John Dowglass 
of Kenneistoun, Alexander Donaldsone, his servant, and 
Andrew Mudie, notary. (f. 77.) 

Disposition by the Commendator, for his lifetime, to 
William Cairnecorse of Commislie and his heirs of the feu 
duties and teind silver of the lands of Langlie £22 6 s. 8 d., 
the lands of Wouplaw £5, the teind silver of Comislie ten 
merks, the rent of Newton mill £8 and teind silver of the 
Westside of Housbyre £10, extending in all to £52. Dated 
Melrose, 9th November 1597 ; witnesses, Mr. John Knox, 
minister at Melrose, Mr. William Henderson, parson of 
Langnewtoun, Alexander Mar, servitor to the granter, and 
William Hay, notary. (f. 77.) 

Allanshaws 

Charter by James Dowglass, Commendator of Melrose, 
with consent of Dame Margaret Ker, his spouse, and Dame 
Janet Scot, his mother, for their interest, to Charles 
Cairnecorce in AUaneschaw, of the lands of AUanschaues 
with pertinents and teinds presently occupied by the said 
Charles Cairnecorce, whose ancestors have been native 
kindly tenants thereof for many years past, paying yearly 
ten merks as the old rent and 3 s. 4 d. in augmentation, 
with duplication at entry of heirs. Dated Edinburgh, 
18th June 1590 ; witnesses, Jonn Crawfurde, servitor to 
the granter, John Hoppringill in Edinburgh and Richard 
Cass, W.S. (f. 79.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 24th 
February 1590, given by William Spottiswod in Spottis- 
wood as bailie ; witnesses, Mr. John Scot, rector at 
Lokarmagus, Alexander Thomeson in AUaneschaw, George 
Thomesoun there, John Scot and John Allane, notaries. 

(f. 81.) 

(This Charter is confirmed by the king in the year 1593.) 

Tack, with consent of the convent, to Charles Cairn- 

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370 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

corce in AUaneschaws and his heirs for three successive 
lifetimes and three periods of nineteen years thereafter, of 
the teinds of his lands of AUaneschaws, paying yearly 50 s. 
Dated 6th September 1586 ; witnesses, Robert Ker in 
Melrose, John Watsoun, portioner of Melrose, and John 
Scot. (f. 82.) 

Charter by Charles Cairnecorse to William Cairnecorse 
of Cowmeslie of the lands of AUaneschawis with the 
teinds, paying yearly one penny if asked. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 6th 1600 ; witnesses, William Hunter of 

Williamelaw, John Allane, portioner of Bassenden, Robert 
Cairnecorce, burgess of Edinburgh, John Eistoun, writer, 
and William Mackene, his servitor. (f. 100.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 6th 
June 1600, given by William Hoppringill, burgess of 
Lawder ; witnesses, Nicol Cairnecorse of Calfhill, Gavin 
Henderson in Birksneip, Nicolas Cairnecorse, brother 

german of Charles Cairnecorse of AUaneschawis, 

Huchesoun of Wouplaw, and James Edmestoun and 
William Bowie, notaries. (f. 101.) 

WOPLAW 

Charter whereby in terms of contract between the 
Commendator and William Cairnecorce of Cowmeslie, 
dated Edinburgh, 8th June 1593, he grants in feufarm to 
the said William Cairnecorce the lands of Voplaw for 
yearly payment of £3 10 s. Dated Edinburgh, 8th June 
1593 ; witnesses, Archibald Dowglass, younger of Quhit- 
tinghame, Mr. Richard Dowglass, his brother german, 
George Dowglass, younger of Langnudry, Walter Cairne- 
corse in Lugat and Thomas Wilson, servitor to Richard 
Cass, writer. (f. 88.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 5th 
July 1593, given by James Pringill in Commeslie as 
bailie ; witnesses, George Cairnecorce in AUaneschawis, 
servitor to the said William, Charles Pringill in Cowmeslie, 
Charles Uneis there and John Watsoun there, John Scott 
being notary. (f. 90.) 



WOUPLAW CHARTERS 371 

Assignation by Nicol Cairnecorce of Calfhill, elder, and 
Nicol Cairnecorce of Calfhill, younger, his eldest son, to 
William Cairnecorse of Cowmeslie of the teinds of the lands of 
Blainsleis for the remainder of the nineteen years' tack set 
to them for 40 merks yearly. The assignee obliges himself 
to satisfy Robert Ormestoun of Auld Melroise who pretends 
right to these teinds, and to obtain his discharge thereof, 
and the said Nicol Cairnecorce, elder, obliged himself to 
obtain a discharge from the Commendator of the silver 
maill of the said William's lands of Commeslie, Housbyre 
and Langlie during the said Commendator's lifetime, 
being £50 yearly. For which the said William Cairnecorse 
of Cumeslie has sold to the said Nicol Cairnecorse of Calf- 
hill, elder, the heritable right made to him by James, 
Commendator of Melrose, and Dame [Janet] Scot, his 
spouse, of the lands and barony of Newlands in the shire 
of Peebles under reversion for 500 merks, and obliges 
himself to infeft the said Nicol and his heirs therein. The 

assignation is dated , 1597 ; witnesses, Mr. 

William Hairt of Leviland, Thomas Davidson, David 
Heart and William Cairnecorse, servants to the said 
Mr. William, and George Cairnecorse. (f. 91.) 

Tack to Nicol Cairnecorse of Calfhill and Nicol Cairne- 
corse, his eldest son, for their lifetimes and the lifetime 
of a third person after them and nineteen years thereafter, 
of the teinds of the lands of Blainslies, paying 40 merks 
yearly. Dated Edinburgh, 1st August 1595 ; witnesses, 
John Cairnecorse, brother to William Cairnecorse of 
Commislie, Adam Mathesoun, writer, and Thomas Wilsoun, 
servant to Richard Cass, writer. (f. 93.) 

Tack to Thomas Cranstoun and his heirs and assignees 
of the teinds of the lands of the Wester Raik of Wol- 
housbyre, possessed by Alexander Cairnecorse, his sub- 
tenant, for nineteen years, paying yearly £10. Dated Mel- 
rose, 15th May 1595 ; witnesses Patrick Cranstoun, James 
Philp and George Schaw, servitors to the granter. (f. 94.) 

Assignation by Thomas Cranstoun, called the Deins 
Thomas, as tacksman of the Commendator, of the teinds 



Sr2 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of Wester Raik of Wolhousbyre, to William Cairnecorce of 
Colmeslie of the tack of the foresaid teinds set to him by the 
Commendator. Dated Edinburgh, 18th June 159 — ; 
witnesses, Mark Home, Thomas Cranstoun, John Cairne- 
corce and J. Prymrois. (f. 95.) 

COLMISLEE 

Charter by King James vi. to William Cairnecorce of 
Colmislie of the lands of Selmuir alias Colmislie, dated 
24th March 1594-95.1 (f. 33.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon of the same 
date. , (f. 86.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon,, dated 25th 
April 1595, given by Charles Daustoun in Cowmislie as 
bailie ; witnesses, Charles Unis in Colmeslie, Nicol Hutoun 
there and George Johnistoun there, Hugh Bowstoun, 
clerk of the diocese of Glasgow, being notary. (f. 87.) 

Charter granting in feufarm to William Cairnecros of 
Cowmeslie and his heirs male and assignees the half of the 
lands of Selmure alias Cowmeslie extending to a £5 land 
of old extent, also the laiids of the Westersyd of Housbyre 
and half of the lands of Langlie with the croft called 
Sellarhauch, which formerly belonged to the said William 
Cairnecros and were resigned by him, paying yearly for 
Selmure 50 stones of butter as the old rent, or 6 s. 8 d. 
for each stone, for Westersyd of Housbyre and half of 
Langlie with the croft of Sellarhauch £16 and 20 stones 
of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone at the option of the 
said William Cairnecros, being in all £39 6 s. 8 d. with 
three suits of court at Melrose, and duplication at entry 

of heirs. Dated Melrose, 15 — . Signed by the 

Commendator and John Watsoun. (f. 96.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 6th December 1582, in 

favour of William Cairnecorse as son and heir of , of the 

mill at , on a precept by the Commendator, with 

consent of the Iconomus, directed to William Cairnecorse 



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COLMESLIE CHARTERS 373 

as bailie ; witnesses, Charles Cairnecorse in AUaneschawis, 
George Cairnecorse in Newtoun, Alexander Thomesoun in 
Newtoun, and Thomas Anderson there, Alexander Young, 
of the diocese of St. Andrews, being notary. (f. 102.) 

Charter by James Dowglass, Lord of Melrose, to John 
Spottiswod in Quhytlie of the ten merk lands of Quhytlie 
and Quhytliedykis, paying yearly ten merks as the old 
rent with 2 s. 4 d. of augmentation, and ten merks at 
entry of heirs. Dated Melrose, 5th June 1590 ; witnesses, 
Robert Ker in Melrose, Mr. William Henrysoun there, 
John Hoppringill of Maisterhouse, and John Scott, notary. 

(f. 102.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
10th July 1591, given by William Diksoun ; witnesses, 
William Paterson in Quhytlie, Andrew Hadden, and 
James Hoppringill there, Alexander Young being notary. 

(f. 104.) 

Tack to Nicol Cairncorse, younger of Calfhill, for the 
good service done by Nicol Cairnecorse, elder of Calfhill, 
his father, and their predecessors, of the teinds of the 
lands of Quhytlie and Quhytliedyks for the lifetimes of the 
said Nicolas, younger, and his heir male, and after their 
deaths to three heirs male of the said Nicol's heirs succes- 
sively, and their heirs, for other two nineteen years, paying 
yearly ten merks. Dated Melrose, 28th October 1589 ; 
witnesses, Thomas Lumisdene, Alexander Vodpethe and 
John Scot, notary. (f. 105.) 

Assignation by Nicol Cairnecoirse, younger of Calfhill, 
with consent of Nicol Cairnecorse, elder, his father, to 
John Spottiswoid of Quhytlie, for 1700 merks of the above 
tack of the teinds of Quhytlie and' Quhytliedykis ; dated 
Calfhill, 12th April 1596 ; witnesses, John Pringill of 
Murehouse, Thomas Pringill of Trinliknowis [sic] and 
Alexander Wilkiesoun, notary in Lauder.^ (f. 107.) 



^ The family of Cairncross once held so large a portion of the regality lands 
tha;t it seems appropriate, in pursuance of their history, to submit an inventory 
of the Cairncross Charters in the Edgerston Charter Chest, deposited for safety 
in the General Register House, Edinburgh. I am indebted to Dr. Maitland 



374 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Simon Scot of Boningtoun of the lands of 
Espiehoip in the lordship of Ettrik Forrest and regality 
of Melrose, paying yearly 9 merks as the old rent with 



Thomson for the following Inventory, which has been supplemented by Miss 
M. G. Edgar, M.A. :— 

1. Commission by Pope Clement VII. to the Archbishop of Glasgow and two 
Bishops, to admit Robert Carncors, priest of Glasgow diocese, as a Canon 
Regular of Holyrood, 6th Nov. 1528. [He was' provided to the abbacy the 
same day.] 

2. Commission by the Cardinal Grand Penitentiary to the dean of Lestalrig 
and two others, to confirm a nineteen year tack by Robert, Abbot of Holyrood 
and convent thereof, to William Carncors, layman, of the lands of Reidheutht, 
in the barony of Cars, regality of Brothon, and sheriffdom of Striveling. I3lh 
Feb. 1533-34- 

3. Instrument of Sasine, given by the bailie of the barony of Brochloun, to 
Nichol Carncors, burgess of Edinburgh, of the lands of Bakspittaill and Foir- 
spittaill, in the regality of Brochtoun and sheriffdom of Edinburgh ; of which 
lands the said Nichol already had a nineteen year tack. On Feu-Charter by 
Robert, Abbot of Holyrood and convent thereof, to said Nichol and the heirs 
of his body, whom failing, to William Carncors, his brother-german, his heirs 
and assignees whomsoever. Charter dated 21st April, Sasine 13th May 
1536. 

4. Confirmation by two Papal Commissioners of the Feu-Charter mentioned 
in No. 3. Dated 31st Jan. 1536-37. 

5. Charter of Sale, by Sir John Striveling of Keir to William Carncors of 
Cummislie, of one-fourth of the lands of Fawnis, in the sheriffdom of Berwick. 
9th April 1538. 

6. Precept of Sasine following on, and of even date with, No. 5. 

7. Precept of Sasine by William] Wod of Bonyntoun, for giving sasine to 
Nichol Carncors and Marion Scott, his spouse, of one-third of the lands of 
Gilchhorne, in the barony of ICinblathmonth and sheriffdom of Forfar, nth 
April 1538. 

8. Charter of Sale by James, earl of Arane, with consent of his curator, to 
Nichol Carncors, burgess of Edinburgh, and Marion Scot, his spouse, of two- 
thirds of the land of the Forest of Bothuile, in- the barony of Bothuile and 
sheriffdom of Lanark, loth May 1538. 

9. Precept of Sasine following on, and of even date with, No. 8. 

10. Instrument of Sasine following on No. 9. 1st June 1538. 

11. Instrument of Sasine following on No. 7. 4th June 1538. 

12. Letters under the Privy Seal, granting to William Carncors of Cowmislie 
the temporality of the bishopric of Ross, from the death of James, late bishop 
thereof, till the lawful admission of a bishop thereto. 3rd Oct. 1538. 

13. Great Seal Charter to William Carncors of Cowmislie, of subjects at the 
Netherbow of Edinburgh. 14th Dec. 1538. (Reg. Mag. Sig., iii. 1873.) 

14. Instrument of Publication of a BuU.of Pope Paul III., dated 14th April 
I539> granting to Robert, elect of Ross, formerly Abbot of Holyrood, a pension 
of 500 merks Scots out of the parish kirks of Falkyrk and Livyngston, in the 
diocese of St. Andrews, and the town of Brochtoun, in the parish of St. Cuth- 



COLMESLIE CHARTERS 375 

3 s. 4 d. of augmentation. Dated Melrose, 19th June 
1604 ; witnesses, William Hay and Henry Blakie, notaries. 
(f. 108.) 

bert's, and same diocese, pertaining to said abbey ; the abbacy having been 
papally provided to Robert Steward, clerk, or scholar of said diocese, and its 
revenues being greater than those of the bishopric. Instrument dated 24th 
May 1539. 

15. Obligation by Sir James Hammiltou'n of Fynnart, to Nichol Carncors, 
burgess of Edinburgh, and Marion Scot, his spouse, to warrant the lands of 
Cauldstreme, in the barony of Avendale and sheriffdom of Lanark, sold by him 
to them. 7th July 1540. 

16. Instrument of Redemption of one-fifth of said lands of Cauldstreme, by 
said Nichol Carncors from John Stewart of Halrig, to whom it had been wad- 
set by umquhile Sir James Hammiltoun, of Fynnart.' 8th May 1541. 

17. Assignation by Nichol Carncors, burgess of Edinburgh, of the nineteen 
year tack of the teindsheaves of the parish of Barro, set to him by the Abbot 
and convent of Holyrood, to his brother's sons, — Robert Carncors, son and 
apparent heir of William C. of Cummislie, John Carncors, clerk, and Charles 
Carncors. 23rd Nov. 154 1. 

18. Great Seal Charter, confirming three Charters granted to Robert, Bishop 
of Ross. 15th Aug. 1542. (Jieg-. Mag. Sig.,m. 2760.) 

19. Instrument of Sasine of the lands of Canlochmore and others in Ross, in 
favour of William Carncors. On Precept following oil P'eu Charter by Robert, 
Bishop of Ross. Precept dated i8th May, Sasine, 3rd July 1543. 

20. Precept by James, Commendator of Melros and convent thereof, for 
giving sasine to William Carncros of Cowmislie and Marion Pringill, his spouse, 
of the lands of Westerside of Housbyre, and half the lands of Langley, with 
the croft called Cellararhauche, in the tordship of Melros and sheriffdom of 
Roxburgh. Following on Feu Charter. iSth Nov. 1547. Signed by Abbot 
and nine monks. 

Endorsed is a Minute of the Sasine given 12th Dec. 1547. 

21. Precept of Clare Constat by Robert, commendator of Holyrood, for 
giving Sasine to Robert Carncors, son and heir of umquhile William C. of 
Cummislie, as heir of umquhile Nichol Carncors, burgess of Edinburgh, his 
father's brother, of the lands'of Bakspittale and Foirspittale. 7th May 1554. 

22. Sasine on the preceding. loth May 1554. 

23. Sasine to Robert Carncors of Comeslie, as heir of umquhile William C, 
of Comeslie, his father, of ^^42, 13 s. 4d. Scots, furth of the lands of Hartsid, 
with mill thereof, in the constabulary of Haddington. On Precept of Clate 
Constat by George Home of Spot. Precept dated 28th Nov. 1556, Sasine 24th 

Jan. 1556-57- 

24. Procuratory by John Carncors of Cowmislie, for resigning the lands of 
Quhitsyd and Glenmuth, in the sheriffdom of Peebles, into the hands of James, 
Earl of Mortoun, superior thereof, in favour of Rob. Carncors of Comeslie and 
Barbara Hume, his spouse. 15th May 1557. 

25.' Great Seal Charter to Robert Carncors of Colmislie and Barbara Hume, 
his spouse, of Eister Rarechie and others in Ross. 23rd July I557- (•^'e^. 
Mag. Sig.,iy. 1 194.) 



376 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
3rd October 1604, by Robert Scot, apparent of Tuischelaw 
as bailie ; witnesses, Thomas Inglische, brother of, the 



26. Ratification by the convent of Melros of Bond by Michael, commendator 
thereof, to Robert Carnecors of Comeslie, in consideration of 3000 merks Scots 
paid by him, to maintain him and his heirs in possession of their lands held of 
the abbey, specially Langlie and Wollisbyre in the lordship of Melros and 
sheriffdom of Roxburgh ; to discharge all reversions thereof granted by Robert 
or his father ; and not to redeem the lands without first repaying said 3000 
merks. Bond dated 15th Nov. 1566, ratification 14th May IS67- Six monks 
sign. 

27. Letters of Reversion by William Stark of Awichinstarie in favour of 
Robert Cairncors of Cummislie, for redemption of 70 merks annual rent furth of 
the lands of Reidhewch for 700 merks. 25th Oct. 1571. 

28. Tack by Adam, Bishop of Orkney, commendator of Holyrood, and 
convent of said abbey, to Robert Carnecroce of Colmeslie, of the teindsheaves 
of the lands of Burrowmure and the Common-myre of Edinburgh, of the 
lands of Bonyngtoun pertaining to the parsonage of St. Cuthbert's, and of the 
lands of Ridnoch in the barony of Kers and sheriffdom of Stirling, for nineteen 
years from 20th June 1574. Dated 17th Sept. 1571. Signed by commendator 
and five canons. 

29. Charter of Sale by David Hume, lawful son of Alexander H. of Manders- 
toun, with consents, granting to William Carncroce of Colmislie, the lands of 
Spittell and. others, in Lauderdale. To be held of Dryburgh Abbey in feu. 
19th May 1578. 

30. Charter similar to the preceding, but to be held de me. Same date. 

31. Charter of Sale by John Hume, lawful son of Alex. H. of Manderstoun, 
with consents, granting to said William Carncroce 5J husbandlands of Slegden, 
in the earldom of March and sheriffdom of Berwick. To be held of the king. 
19th May 1578. 

32. Charter similar to preceding, but to be held de me. 6th June 1578. 

33. Sasine on the Precept in No. 30. 27th June 1578. 

34. Letters of Reversion by George Wauchop, burgess of Edinburgh, in 
favour of William Carnecors of Colmislie, for redemption of an annual rent of 
100 merks Scots furth of the lands of Cranstoun-Riddell, in the sheriffdom of 
Edinburgh, by payment of 1000 merks. l6th April 1579. 

35. Letters of Reversion by James Hoppringill of Quhitbank and Wodhous 
and Marion Murray his spouse, in favour of William Carnecors of Colmislie and 
Margaret Hoppringill his spouse, for redemption of the lands of Mekill Catpair, 
in the lordship of Stow in Weddell and sheriffdom of Edinburgh, by payment 
of 500 merks Scots. 12th June 1582. 

Indorsed. Acknowledgment that the lands had been redeemed. No date. 

36. Tack by Adam, Bishop of Orkney, commendator of Holyrood, and con- 
vent thereof, to James Carnecors, son and heir-apparent of William C. of Colm- 
islie, of the teinds mentioned in No. 28, for nineteen years from date. 8th 
March 1585-86. Signed by Commendator and three canons. 

37. Tack by James, commendator perpetual of Melros, with consent of the 
convent thereof, to Charles Cairncroce, in Alaneschawis, for his life and that of 



COLMESLIE CHARTERS 377 

Laird of Manerheid, Andrew Scot in Scabcleuch, and 
Mathew Caldwell in Midgehope, Henry Blakie being notary. 
(f. 109.) 

two successive heirs, and to the next heir for thrice nineteen years (with entry 
at date), of the teindsheaves and small teinds, parsonage and vicarage, of the 
lands of Alaneschawis, in the lordship of Melros and sheriffdom of Roxburgh. 
Tack duty 50 s. Scots. 6th Sept. 1586. Signed by the Abbot and James 
Watson, ' only convent.' 

38. Letters of Reversion by Mr. John Moscrope of Cassiltoun, in favour of 
William Cairncors of Colmeslie, for redemption of an annual rent of 120 merks 
Scots, furth of the lands of Reiddoche, in the barony of Brochtoun and sheriffdom 
of Stirling, by payment of 1000 merks Scots. 7th Nov. 1586. 

39. Tack by the same Commendator of Melrose, with the like consent, to 
William Carncroce of Cummislie for his life, and thereafter to James C, his 
son, and his heirs and assignees for nineteen years, of the teindsheaves of the 
lands of Langley, Cummyslie, and Wowplaw, with the vicarage thereof, in the 
lordship of Melros and sheriffdom of Roxburgh. Tack duty for Langley ;^I0, 
for Cummyslie, £6 13s. 4d., for Wowplaw 30s., in all, ;^l8, 3s. 4d. 12th 
Oct. 1587. Signed as No. 37. 

40. Charter of Sale, William Carnecors of Colmislie to Stephen Huchesoun 
in Colmislie, of the lands of Colmislie, in the lordship and regality of Melros 
and sheriffdom of Roxburgh. To be held de me, for one penny Scots of blench 
duty. 3rd June 1590. 

41. Sasine following on No. 40. Propriis tnanibus of said William Carne- 
cors. 3rd June 1590. 

42. Feu Charter by James, commendator of Melros, feuar of the lands under- 
mentioned, with consent of Dame Marion (or Mary)Ker, his spouse, and of Dame 
Jonet Scott, her mother, to Charles Carnecroce in Allaneschaw, of the lands of 
AUaneschawis, with teindsheaves and other teinds, parsonage and vicarage in- 
cluded, in the regality of Melros and sheriffdom of Roxburgh. To be held 
de me : rendering for the lands 10 merks, for the teinds 50 s., and 3.S. 4d. aug- 
mentation ; and double feu duty at each heir's entry. Sth June 1590. 

43. Sasine on Precept in No. 42. Dated 24th Feb. 1590-91. 

44. Feu Charter by said commendator of Melros to William Carnecroce of 
Colmesley, of the lands of Woplaw, in the regality of Melros and sheriffdom of 
Roxburgh. Feu duty ;^3 10 s. Scots. 8th June 1593. 

45. Sasine on Precept in No. 44. Dated 5th July 1593. 

46. Sasine to Stephen Huitsone in Colmeslie, of said lands of Voupla. On 
Precept in Charter by said William Carncroce. Dated (both Charter and 
Sasine) 23rd April 1594. 

47. Charter of Sale by Charles Carnecroce (of AUaneschawis) to William 
Carnecroce of Colmeslie, of said lands and teinds of AUaneschawis. To be held 
de me, for one penny Scots of blench duty. 6th May 1600. 

48. Sasine on Precept in No. 47. Dated 6th Jcine 1600. Witnesses, Nichol 
Carncors, apparent of Calffhill, Nichol Carncors, brothergejman of Charles C. 
of AUaneschawis and others. 

49. Sasine to Alexander Home in Sanct-Leonardis, of the lands of fpiltell 
and others, in' Lauderdale. On Precept in Charter by William Cairpecors of 



378 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter by James Dowglass, Lord of Melrose, to Andrew 
Dowglass in Freirsehaw in liferent and George Dowglass, 
his lawful son, and his heirs and assignes whomsoever 



Colmeslie. Charter dated 19th June, Sasine 4th July 1601. John C, brother- 
german, and James C, eldest son, of granter, are witnesses to the Charter. 

50. Letters of Reversion by James Mitchell, minister at the Stow inWeddell, 
William Pringill in Bow, and Rachel Mitchell, his spouse, in favour ofWilliam 
Cairncroce of Cumislie and James C, his son and apparent heir, for redemption 
of the above lands and teinds of AUanschawis, by payment of ;^looo Scots to 
said James Mitchell, and ;^iooo to said William Pringill and spouse. 7th 
August 1605. 

51. Instrument of Sasine following on Precept in Charter by Sir John Home 
of Coldingknowis in favour of Mr. James Home of Eccles, William Carncroce of 
Colmislie, Mr. Robert Home of Carrellsyde, Mr. William Home of Gradane, 
and John Home of Houllatsone, his heirs and assignees, of the lands of Mer- 
singtoun in the sheriffdom of Berwik, in feu farm blench. Precept dated 7th 
June 1610; witnesses, Thomas Home, natural son of Sir John Home of Cold- 
ingknowis, Nicol Cairncroce, son of William Cairncroce, Mr. Alexander Home, 
minister at the church of Ecles, Archibald Peirson, and Robert Alexander. 

Sasine given by Robert Home in Ecles, bailie, to Mr. Alexander Home, 
attorney for foresaid grantees, 13th June i6lo; witnesses, Thomas Hudsone in 
Lochtoun, John Hendersone there, Arthore Greiff in Coitschoirtrig, Robert 
Brounfeild, servitor to Mr. James Home, and others. 

52. Charter by William Cairnecroce of Colmslie in favour of James Cairne- 
croce, his eldest son and heir apparent, and Janet Ker, his spouse, of the lands 
of Wouplaw, in terms of contract of marriage between the said William Cairne- 
croce and James Cairnecroce, his son, on the one part, and Sir Andrew Ker of 
Hetoun, Andrew Ker, his son and heir, and Janet Ker, his daughter, on the 
other; to be held of the granter's immediate superiors, paying yearly ;^3, 10s. 
Scots. Dated 15th May 161 1 ; witnesses, Richard Cass, writer to the signet, 
Mr. Robert Cass, his son, John Leirmont, servitor to Richard Cass, Andrew 
alias Dand Ker, brother-german of Radolph Ker of Dalcoif. 

53. Instrument of Sasine following on No. 52. Robert Hunter, in William- 
law, bailie, 15th May 161 1; witnesses, Robert Carnecors, son of William 
Carnecors of Colmslie, Archibald Pringle, his servitor, and James Dods in 
Woplaw. 

54. Instrument of Sasine following on charter with precept, dated 17th 
November 1621, by James Cairncroce of Colmslie and Jonet Ker, his spouse, tp 
Mr. John Michell, minister at the church of St. Andrew, London, of the lands 
of Eistsyde of Langley and Westersyde of Howsbyre. John Hendersone in 
Hagburne, bailie, and James Michell minister at Stow, attorney for his son, 
Mr. John Michell. 29th November 1621 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Pringill in 
Langhauche, Thomas Lawsoun in Stow, and William Smyth, servitor of 
James Cairncroce. 

55. Charter by James Cairnecroce of Colmslie, with consent of Jonet Ker, his 
spouse, in implement of a contract made between the foresaids and George 
Pringle of Torwodlie, for payment of 18,000 merks, of the lands of Allaneschaw, 
Wowplaw and Westsyde of Langley, excepting the croft called Sellarishauche, 



COLMESLIE CHARTERS 379 

heritably of the £5 lands of Freirschaw presently occupied 
by him and John Dowglass, his brother german, which 
they resigned for this regrant, paying yearly £5 12. 6 d. 



also of an annual rent of 200 merks from the lands of Westersyde of Housbyre, 
paying yearly for AUaneschaw 10 merks 3 shillings and 10 pence ; for 
Wouplaw £3, 10 s. ; for Westsyde of Langley ;^5 6 s. 8d. and seven stones of 
butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone, with duplication at entry of heirs ; and for the 
foresaid annual rent one penny Scots blench duty. Dated 30th and 31st May 
1622 ; witnesses at Edinburgh, Robert Pringill, Andrew Crombie, John Baird, 
and Alexander Douglas, his servitors ; at Cowmeslie, Robert Diksone of 
Overtnaynis, and Alexander Wilkeson, notary, in Lawder. 

56. Chapter by James Cairncroce of Colmeslie and Jonet Ker, his spouse (in 
implement of a contract dated 17th and 29th November 1621), for the sum of 
5000 merks, in favour of Mr. John Mitchell, minister at the church of 
St. Andrew, London, of the lands of Eistsyde of Langley and Westersyde of 
Housbyre, with reservation to William Cairncroce, elder of Colmslie, of his life 
rent of Westersyde of Housbyre, and under reversion, paying yearly ;^l6 Scots 
and twenty stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone, with duplication at entry 
of heirs. Precept of sasine directed to Mr. James Urquhart as bailie. Charter 
dated 28th June and 20th August 1622,; witnesses at Edinburgh, John Baird, 
Andrew Crombie, servitors of Robert Pringill, writer, and Henry Osburne, notary; 
at Colmeslie, John Howatsone [in] AUanschawes, James Browne, schoolmaster in 
Cumislie and others. 

57. Charter by Thomas, Earl of Melros, ratifying No. 55 ; the said subjects 
to be held de me. Dated 4th July 1622 ; witnesses, David Urquhart, David 
Makculloc, George Pringill and Archibald Eliot ' our ' servitors. 

58. Charter by James Cairnecorce of Colmeslie, narrating that in terms of her 
marriage contract Jonet Ker, his spouse, was infeft in conjunct fee or liferent in 
half of the lands of Selmure otherwise called Colmeslie, AUaneschawis and 
Wowplaw and the teinds thereof, which infeftments were declared null and 
void at the instance of Thomas, Earl of Melros, by Decreet of the Lords of 
Council and Session, and whereas these said lands have been disponed to the 
said James Cairnecorce, his heirs and assignees, by the said Earl of Melros for 
certain great sums of money, and the said Jonet Ker at the desire of her spouse 
gave her consent to the alienation and impignoration of the said lands of AUane- 
schawis and Wowplaw, which formerly pertained to her in conjunct fee or liferent, 
for certain sums of money to be raised by her spouse for payment of the aforesaid 
sums due to the earl, therefore the said Jonet Ker is hereby infeft in liferent in half 
of the lands of Selmure otherwise called Colmeslie, with the mill, etc., thereof, 
and also in an annual rent of 50 merks from the lands of Westersyde of Housbyre ; 
to be held of the Earl of Melros for yearly payment for the half of Colmeslie of 
50 stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone, and for the annual rent from Wesler- 

• syde of Housbyre one penny blench if, asked. Dated 6th July 1622 ; witnesses, 
Robert Pringill, Andrew Crombie, John Baird, Robert Horsbruik, and Alex- 
ander Dougla.s, his servitors. 

59. Instrument of Sasine following on No. 56. Dated 23rd August 1623 ; 
witnesses, William Pringill of Dewar, Andrew Gray of Catpair, Robert Hadden 
in Galascheills and James Mertein in Westhouses, 



380 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

with duplication and service at courts and the other ser- 
vices which used to be rendered to the Abbot and convent. 
Dated Edinburgh, 4th July 1492 ; witnesses, Patrick 



60. Precept of Clare Constat by James Cairnecorce of Colmslie in favour of 
John Mitchell as heir to his father the late Mr. John Mitchell, minister at the 
church of St. Andrew, London, in the lands of Eistsyid of Langley and 
Westersyid of Housbyre in the lordship of Melros ; which lands are to be held 
de me in capite, under reversion and with reservation to William Cairnecroce, 
elder of Colmslie, of his liferent of Westersyide of Housbyre. Precept of sasine 
directed to Andrew Gray of Catpair as bailie. Dated 28th February 1624; 
witnesses, William Ker, fiar of Zear, Mr. Thomas Ker his brother, James 
Wallace, notar in Melros, and Mr. Thomas Lowrie there. 

61. Instrument of sasine following on No. 60. John Thomsone in Stow is 
attorney for John Mitchell. Dated 13th March 1624; witnesses, Thomas 
Lawsone, James Newtown, and James Beinsone, servitors of James Mitchell, 
minister at Stow. 

62. Precept of Clare Constat by Thomas, Earl of Melros, in favour of John 
Mitchell, as in No. 60 ; the lands being held of ' us ' in capite, as his immediate 
superiors, for yearly payment of £\(> and 20 stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each 
stone, with duplication. Dated 23rd April 1625 ; witnesses James Dalmahoy, 
Mark Hamilton an^ Mr. Adam Hepburne, ' our ' servitors. 

63. Charter by James Home of Castellaw, in implement of letters of obliga- 
tion of the present date, to James Cairncroce of Colmslie, of nine husband lands, 
being part of the eighteen husband lands of the town and lands of Smelholme, 
in the town and territory of Smelholme and sheriffdom of Roxburgh, formerly 
occupied and possessed as follows : four by John, Thomas, and David Richart- 
sones, Thomas Mylne and John Home, tenants there ; and iive by — Ormestoun, 
relict of the late Robert Ormestoun, Martin Home, his spouse, James Quhit- 
soune, John Wilsone and Robert Andersone ; which nine husband lands were 
acquired by the granter from the late Sir John Home of Coldinlcnowes and Sir 
James Home of Quhitrig at two different times ; with reservation of that part of 
the above lands called Dykcar. To be held de me, blench, for one penny yearly 
if asked. Dated 12th December 1629; witnesses, John Tuedie, writer in 
Edinburgh, Mr. George Trotter, and Patrick Boiswell. 

64. Charter, same as No. 63, the said lands being held de , the immediate 

superiors of the granter, blench, for two pennies Scots, if asked. Date and 
witnesses same as preceding. 

65. Copy of Retour in favour of William Cairncors of Cumislie.as general heir 
of provision to the late Nicoll Cairncors, burgess of Edinburgh, his 'gudsyris 
brother,' ^ before William Sinclair bailie depute of the regality and barony of 
Brouchton and jury : — William Ker of Lynton, James Levingstoun of Jereswode, 
William Ker of Zair, John Erskine of Drybur', John Purves, James Baillie in 
Dallkeythe, John Hume, son of the late Sir John Hume of Coldinknowis, Mark 
Hume, brother of the said John Hume, George Willsone, tailor burgess of Edin- 
burgh, Charles Cairncors of Birkisneip, James Cairncors burgess of Edinburgh, 
Mr. Walter Bellenden, brother-german of Adam, Bishop of Dumblaine, John 

i Jlis grandfather was William Cairncors. 



COLMESLIE CHARTERS 381 

Cranstotin, Gawin Thomesoun, James Philp, John Scot, 
notary, and Quintin Bowstoun, burgess in Edinburgh. 

(f.iio.) 

Achesone, elder, Patrick Hairt, skinner, and George Cairncors, Ulster burgess 
of the Canongate. Dated 22nd May 1630. 

66. Instrument of sasine following on a charter of confirmation by James 
Cairncroce of Colmislie in favour of Jonet Ker, his spouse, of the Westside of 
Housbyre in liferent. George Lithgow, servitor of James Cairncroce, is attorney 
for Jonet Ker. Dated 17th May 1637 ; witnesses, Robert Ker in Sonderland, 
John Murray in Lindeine, James Gray in Sonderland, and John Blaik in 
Colmisliehill. 

67. Charter by James Cairnecroce of Colmeslie, with consent of Jonet Ker, 
his spouse, Robert Cairnecroce his son, and James Pringill of Quhytbank for his 
own and their interests, in implement of a disposition and obligation in favour 
of John Fischer (if Drygrange in liferent and William Fischer his son and his 
heirs in fee, of half of the lands of Selmure, otherwise called Colmeslie and the 
mill of Colmeslie, otherwise called Lie Bentmyln with astricted multures, etc., 
in said lordship, to be held of Thomas, now Earl of Hadingtoun, for yearly pay- 
ment of 50 stones of butter or 6 s. 8d. for earn stone, with duplication on entry 
of heirs. Precept directed to Alexander Fischer in Clekmae as bailie. Charter 
dated 4th December and 31st January 1641 and 1642 : witnesses, David Makcullo 
of Guidtries, James Lithgow, portioner of Ridpeth, John Sempill, writer to the 
Signet ; and at Quhytbank Andrew Cairncros, son of James Cairncros, and 
Robert Pringill-, brother of James Pringill. 

68. Instrument of Sasine following on No. 67, dated 2nd February 1642 ; 
witnesses, William Fischer of Aldmelros, Patrick Aitkeine in Woulplaw, George 
Reidfuird, servitor of Michael Fischer, portioner of Dernik, and John Bell, 
miller. 

69. Charter by James Cairncroce of Colmslie, with consent of Jonet Ker, his 
spouse, and James Pringill of Quhytbank, in implement of a contract, in favour 
of William Cairncroce of Auldmelrois, for the sum of 2000 merks Scots, of the 
lands of Wouplaw in said lordship, under redemption, to be held in feu farm of 
Thomas, Earl of Hadington, with payment of rents used and wont. Dated 2nd 
December 1643 ; witnesses, William Dumbar, servitor of Lord Wareistoun, 
James AUane and Henry Pitcairne, servitors of Robert Pringill, W.S. 

70. Charter by James Cairncroce of Colmslie to William Cairncroce of Auld- 
melrois, of the lands of Wouplaw, as in No. 69 ; to be held de me in feu farm 
blench, for one penny Scots, if asked. Dated 2nd, 12th, and 13th December 1643 ; 
witnesses, at Edinburgh, same as in No. 69 ; at Quhytbank, Aiidrew Cairncroce, 
son of James Cairncroce, and Thomas Luikop, joiner in Melrois ; at Colmslie, 
James Dunnett and John Clark, indwellers in Ersiltoun, and Andrew Cairn- 
croce. 

71. Charter granted by commissioners of Thomas, Earl of Hadingtoun, 
namely. Lord Charles Erskine, of Carabuskenneth, knight, Mr. George 
Wynrahame, of Libbertoun, James Murray, younger, merchant, burgess of 
Edinburgh, and David M'Culloc, of Goodtries, to James Carnecros of Colmeslie, 
his heirs and assignees, of half of the lands of Selmure, otherwise called Colmes- 
lie, ' and mill of Colmeslie, otherwise called lie Bentmylne, with astricted 



382 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Note of Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
8th July 1592, John Scot being notary. It is confirmed 
by the king on 9th October 1592. (f. 112.) 

Charter to William Carthar in Cumislie and Margaret 



multures, etc., in said lordship, which lands formerly pertained to John Fischer 
in Drygrange, and William Fischer his son, and were resigned into the hands of 
the said commissioners of the Earl of Hadington in favour of and for infeftment 
of the said James Carnecros and his foresaids in the same ; to be held as in 
No. 67. Precept directed to Thomas Lythgow, portioner of Ridpeth and 
Melrois, as bailie. Charter dated 15th August 1644 ! witnesses, James Broune, 
servitor of the Earl of Hadintoun, Hugh M'CuUo, servitor of David M'Cullo, 
and Robert Neill. 

72. Instrument of Sasine, following on No. 71. Andrew Cairnecroce is 
attorney for his father, James Cairncroce. Dated 27th January 1645 ! witnesses, 

Hugh Bell, portioner in [charier worn away], William Bell, his brother- 

german, Andrew Ormestoune, in Eister Langlie, and John Edgar, •officer in 
Melros. 

73. Charter by James Cairnecrece of Colmeslie, with consent of, and by, Janet 
Ker his spouse, in implement of a contract, in favour of James Pringle of White- 
bank, of the lands of Wouplaw in said lordship, under reversion, for the sum of 
5300 merks Scots ; to be held of John, Earl of Hadintoun, in feu farm, paying 
yearly £3 10 s. Scots, with duplication at entry of heirs. Precept of sasine 
directed to James Meine, in Colmislie mylne, as bailie. Charter dated 
22nd May 1649 ; witnesses, John Wilkie, writer to the signet, John Scott his 
servitor,, and James Wilkie, king's gardener in the north garden at Halyrudhous. 

74. Instrument of Sasine, following on a contract with precept of sasine 
therein, between James Cairncroce of Colmslie, with consent of Andrew his son, 
and James Pringle ofWhytbank on the one part, and John Pringle of Cortilferrie 
on the other, whereby the said John Pringle is infeft in the lands of Wouplaw in 
said lordship, under reversion, by payment to him of 5000 merks Scots, and such 
back tack duties, extending yearly to ;^200, as may then be due. Contract dated 
I2th July 1652 ; witnesses, John Hendersone, chapman in Lidgertwode, and 
John Lytill in Colmislie. Sasine given by John Turner, merchant in Cortil ferrey, 
bailie, 27th September 1652 ; witnesses, Alexander Huntar of Wrangum, Johne 
Bellenden, William Williamsone, servitor to Andrew Pringle in Hagburne, and 
Johne Home in Cortilferrie. 

75. Instrument of Sasine, following on a heritable bond with precept of 
sasine therein, by Andrew Cairncroce of Westerlongley, in favour of Mr. John 
Scott of Longshaw, his heirs and assignees, of an annual rent of ;^138 Scots, or 
annual rent corresponding to the principal sum of ;^230O Scots, to be uplifted 
furth of the lands, town and He steid of Wouplaw in said lordship, occupied by 
Mr. John himself, to be held for one penny Scots of blench duty. Sasine given 
by James Moffett, elder, portioner of Thriepwood, as bailie, to Andrew 
Kenneddie, portioner of Darnik, as attorney for Mr. John Scott, 13th October 
1668 ; witnesses, William Gibsone, portioner of Th[r]ipwood, Peter Moffit, son 
of the late Archbald, portioner there, James Smyth there, and Peter Knox, herd 
in Colmisliehill. 



COLMESLIE CHARTERS 383 

Moffet, his spouse, of half of the lands of Laudopemure 
with the teinds, paying yearly 27| stones of butter or 
6 s. 8 d. for each stone and three loads of turf or 40 d. 
for each at the option of the payer, as the old rent, with 40 d. 
of augmentation, duplication at entry of heirs, service at 
three head courts, etc. Dated 20th March 1567 ; witnesses, 
Robert Balfour, George Dikison and Charles Cairnecorce. 
Signed by the same persons as the last, and by David 
Hoppringill, Thomas Meyn and John Feurros. This 
charter is confirmed by the King on 4th March 1583-84.^ 

(f. 114.) 

Charter to John Haliburtoun in Murislaw in liferent and 
George Haliburtoun, his son and heir apparent and the 
lawful heirs male of his body, whom failing, Andrew 
Haliburtoun, his brother german, and his lawful heirs male, 
whom failing, Nicolas Haliburtoun, his brother german, 
and his lawful heirs male, whom failing, the lawful and 
nearest heirs male of the said John Haliburton whom- 
soever heritably, of the lands of Murislaw now occupied 
by the said John Haliburton, paying yearly £12 6 s. 8 d. 
which includes the old rent of £10, with the sum of 40 s. 
for grassums and other customary services, 6 s. 8 d. of 
augmentation, with duplication, and service at the three 
head courts at Melrose. Dated 25th April 1555. Signed 
by the Commendator, John Watsone, ' superriour,' John 
Fomiroise [sic], Barnard Bowstoun, William Philp, Richard 
Patersone, John Hogart. Thomas Meyne, David Hop- 
pringill and Thomas Mershell. (f. 115.) 

Precept of Sasine following thereupon directed to 
Andrew Dowglas of Tympyndane as bailie and dated as 
the last. (f. 117.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereon, dated 20th May 
1557, given by the said Andrew Dowglass as bailie ; wit- 
nesses, Andrew Dowglas of Tinpindane, William Maben in 
Maxtoun, Adam Haliburtoun in Ruderfuird, David Hop- 
pringill, monk of the monastery, Andrew Richardson of 



1 See Jiej,'. Mag. Sig., vol. 1580-93, No. 679. 



384 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Maxtoun and William Mabene, elder, in Maxtoun. This 
charter is confirmed by the king on 10th June 1598. 

(f. 117.) 

Charter to John Haliburton of Muirehouslaw of the £5 
lands of Frierschaw formerly belonging to Andrew Dowglas 
of Frierschaw and George Dowglas, his son, and which 
have fallen to the Commendator through their alienation 
of the. same without the granter's consent, to be held in 
feu farm for the yearly payment of £5, with 10 s. of aug- 
mentation, duplication at entry of heirs, and service at 
three head courts at Melrose. Dated Dalkeithe, 24th 
November 1606 ; witnesses, John Hunter, notary in 
Melrose, James Strachauchen and James Melvell, servitors 
to the granter, William Mabane in Melrose and Mark 
Rutherfurde in Over Nesbet. (f. 118.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
17th December 1606, given by George "Rutherfuird of 
Faimitoun as bailie ; witnesses, Mark Rutherfuird in 
Over Nesbet, James Mather in Muirhouslaw and William 
Haliburtoun there, John Hunter of the diocese of Glasgow 
being notary .^ (f. 119.) 



' As this Chartulary contains no Feu Charter of Gattonside or Bridgend, the 
following is a translation of a Charter supplied by Mr. Roberts : — Copy Charter 
by King James the Sixth confirming a charter granted by James Douglas, Com- 
mendator of Melrose, and heritable feuar of the town and lands underwritten, 
with consent of Mary Ker, his spouse, liferentrix thereof, in favour of Thomas 
Darling, elder in Westhouss, Patrick Govane there, Thomas Darling, lawful son 
of Bartholomew Darling, sometime in Westhouse, John Carnecorss in Gatoun- 
side, Robert Clerk there, Mark Mertoune in Westhoussis, William Gottersoun 
there, John Thomsoun, younger in Gawtounside, John Carnecorse, elder there, 
Nicol Boustoun there, William Blakie there, Thomas Bouston, elder there, 
Thomas Schulemure there, John Haly wall there, Thomas Lethame there, Quintin 
Bartane there, Adam Darling in Westhouss, Isobel Cuik in Gawtounside, John 
Myldis there, William Mene there, William Brown there, David Wricht there, 
John Donet there, Thomas Gawdie there, William Haliewall, elder there, Quin- 
tin Scott there, William Haliewall, younger there, Patrick Haliewall there 
Thomas Bouston, younger there, John Bouston there, John Thomsoun, elder 
there, William Trumble in Westhoussis, Robert Darling there, John Tait in 
Gawtounside, John Wricht there, Robert Boustoun .there, George Holme there, 
John Gilry there, James Wricht there, Richard Wricht there, William Hoy 
there, James Lethame there, and their heirs and assignees whomsoever, of all 
and whole the said James Douglas and his spouse their towns and lands of Gaw- 



GATTONSIDE CHARTER 385 

Charter by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, to John Kirk- 
patrik of Ahsland of the £4 lands of Freirkers, with the 
fishing and mill thereof called the Grangemilne, in the 
parish of Dunniskore and shire of Drumfreis, with the 
astricted multures of the £36 lands of Dalgonar, Killelago, 
Braschevalay, Pundland, Nether Breidwell, Dempstertoun, 
Over and Nether Lagan, Over and Nether Duniskore, 
Riddynnis, Edgarstoun, MuUiganstoun, Culroy and Fer- 
dynnovellhill, in the parish and shire aforesaid, and of the 
lands of Auchinchreith, Brunskarth and Darguvell in the 



tounside and Westhoussis with the teind sheaves thereof never separated from the 
stock, and all their pertinents, but reserving to the granters the mills of West- 
houssis and the mill croft adjacent thereto with the meadows called Starkilmedo 
and Baidheuchmedow, the lands called the Freiris landis of Gatounsyde, four acres 
of land of Gatounsyde, two acres of land belonging to the deceased John Cowper 
in Westhoussis, and presently occupied by Robert Ormistoun in Westhoussis, 
reserving also the fishing upon the water of Tweed with the ferry ' cobillis ' pos- 
sessed by the said Robert, reserving also the piece of land occupied by Nicol 
Merser in Dernik called the Baichcheil Croft, and two acres of land belonging 
to James Scott in Selkirk, presently occupied by Isobel Cuik in Gatounside, with 
the teind sheaves and pertinents thereof, and this to each of the foresaid tenants 
and occupiers in proportion as they presently occupy the same, viz., Thomas 
Darling half an acre of the town and lands of Westhoussis of Pendikland, Patrick 
Govane half an acre of the said Pendicleland, Thomas Darling, younger, half 
an acre of the Pendicleland, John Carnecorss an acre of the town and lands of 
Gatounside, Bartholomew Fieir an acre of the Feymaisterland of the foresaid 
lands of Westhoussis, Bernard Wricht an acre of the Feymaisterland , Bernard 
Boustoun two acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, Robert Clerk two acres 
of the same, Alexander Clerk two acres of the same, Mark Mertoun two acres 
of the town and lands of Westhoussis, and Feymaister land, William Gothersoun 
four acres of the town and lands of Westhoussis and Feymaisterland, John 
Thomsoun, younger, four acresof the town and lands of Gatounside, Nicol Bous- 
toun four acres of the same, WiUiam Blaikie four acres of the same, Thomas 
Boustoun, elder, four acres of the same, Thomas Schulemure four acres of the 
same, John Halywall four acres of the same, Thomas Lethame four acres of 
the saine, Quintin Bartane four acres of the same, Adam Derling four acres 
of the same, with the lands called the Rudeland, Isobel Cuik four acres of 
the same, John Myldis four acres of the same, and an acre of land of Pendi- 
cleland lying in the Orchyeard, William Mene four acres of the same, and an 
acre of the Pefldicleland, William Brown four acres of the same, and an acre of 
the Feymaisterland, David Wricht four acres of the same, and an acre and a 
half of Pendicleland, and half an acre of the Feymaisterland, John Donet six 
acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, Thomas Gawdie six acres of the 
same, William Haliewallis six acres of the same, Quintin Scott six acres of the 
same, William Haliewall, younger, two acres of the town and lands of Gatoun- 
side, and five acres of the Feymaisterland, Patrick Halywall eight acres of the 
VOL. III. 2 B 



386 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

foresaid parish, with the services of the tenants, to be held 
in feu farm for the yearly payment of 40 merks, with 
duplication. Dated 5th April 1536. Signed by the Abbot 
and by Richard Patersoun, sub-prior, Adam Hangetsyid, 
Robert Liddell, Thomas Brounfeild, Thomas Merser, 
James Lythgow, John Brounfeild, David Cawart, Nicolas 
Wilzeamsoun, Ralph Hendersoun, Alexander Ballendene, 
John Hogart, Mungo Purwess, John Watsoun, Robert 
Eulyng, James Elder, John Andersone, Robert Hoye, 
Thomas Drydone, William Philp, Richard Chatto and 
Thomas Nycht, John Sonnerroise [sic], John Liddell, 
Thomas Meyne, Thomas Smyth, David Hoppringill and 
Bernard Bowstoun. 

Note of Precept following thereupon, dated 6th April 



town and lands of Gatounside, Thomas Boustoun, younger, eight acres of the 
same, John Boustoun eight acres of the same, John Thomsoun, elder, eight 
acres of the same, William TurnebuU eight acres of the same, and one and a 
half acres of the Feymaisterland, Robert Darling nine acres of the town and 
lands of Gatounside, and one acre one rood of the Pendicleland, and two acres 
of the Feymaisterland, John Tait eight acres of the town and lands of Gatoun- 
side, and the two acres and a half of Pendicleland called Orchyeardland, John 
Wricht ten acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, Robert Boustoun eight 
acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, and three acres of the Feymaister- 
land, George Holme ten acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, John Gilry 
eight acres of the same, one and a half acres of Pendicleland, and half an acre 
of Feymaisterland, James Wricht twelve acres of the town and lands of Gatoun- 
side, and a croft of land on the east side of his tenement, William Hoy sixteen 
acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, and two acres of the Feymaisterland, 
Richard Wricht sixteen acres of the town and lands of Gatounside, and the 
croft called Smyddiecroft, James Lethame sixteen acres of the town and lands 
of Gatounside : Holding of the granters and their successors in feu-farm and 
heritage, which charter gives the boundaries of Gatounside and Westhouss-is as 
follows : — ' Begynnand at the fuird callit the Turf fuird in Tweed merchand with 
the landis of Drygrange on the eist and fra thence ascendand up the wattir of 
Tweed on the south syde of the Brume know quhilk perteins to the saidis landis 
of Galtouiisyde to the wattir of Elwand quhair it rins in Tweed and fra Elwand 
mouth ascendand up the samyn to the mouth of Blakburne quhair it enteris in 
Elwand and frae thence up the said burne called Blackburne to the syk end 
callit Syller syk quhilk rynns in Blackburne and fra thence ascendand to the 
eist as Syller syk gais to the middis of Scabbetraburcht Moss and throw the 
middis of the said moss liniallie eist to the head of the burn called Faburne and 
fra thence discendand the samyn to the nethir Fuird of the said burne callit 
Lurdane Hole and fra thence ascendand south merchand with the landis of 
Drygrange on the eist as thejhie streit gais to the Drycleughhead and fra thence 



BRIDGEND CHARTER S87 

1536, and sasine thereupon dated 4th May 1536, John 
Olipher being notary. (f. 120,) 

Grant by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, to John Kirk- 
patrik of AHsland and his heirs of the office of baiKe over 
the £6 lands of Dalgonar, Killelago, Breschevalay, Over 
and Nether Beirdwell, Dempstartoun, Over and Nether 
Lag [sic], Over and Nether Dunskorie, Riddynnis, Edgar- 
stoun, Mulliganstoun, Culroy and Ferdymowellhill, in 
the parish of Dunskore and shire of Dumfreis, and lands 
of Auchinchreiche, Brunskathe and Dargavell in the 
parish of Drumfreis. Dated 4th April 1536. There is a 
precept of sasine dated 6th April and instrument of sasine 
dated 4th May following thereupon. (f. 122.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Kirkpatrik 
as heir of the deceased John Kirkpatrik of Alisland, his 



descendand the said cleugh to ane pairt callit the Hauch yet and fra thence 
descendand to the auld dyk steid standis to the foresaid fuird in Tweid callit 
the Turf Fuird : Paying therefore yearly ..." The charter is dated at Melrose, 
28th February 1590; witnesses, Robert Scott and Patrick Cranstoun, servitors 
to the said commendator, Mr. John Kn,ox, minister at Melrose, John Scott, 
notary public, and James Blaikie in Gallinbrig. The charter of confirmation is 
dated at Holyroodhouse, 13th May 1591. 

The following Charter of the lands of Bridgend by Secretary Maitland has 
been contributed by Mr. Curie : — 

' Feu-Charter by William Maitland of Lethingtoun, Principal Secretary of 
State to Mary, Queen of Scots, and feuar of the town and lands aftermentioned, 
to Robert Rannalsoun in Brigend, and his heirs and assignees, of those eight 
acres of land of the town and lands of Brigend with houses, yards, and teind- 
sheaves thereof, which he now occupies, lying in the lordship and regality of 
Melrose, and sheriffdom of Roxburgh ; to be held of the granter and his heirs 
and successors in feufarm, fee and heritage, for yearly payment of six firlots of 
barley and three bolls of oats, Melrose measure, being 13 pecks to the boll, 
payable at Yule and Candlemas, and the sum of 20 s. Scots at the entry of each 
heir ; with suit at the granter's courts held at Darnyk, and personal service to 
the granter like as they were in use to render to the abbot and convent of 
Melrose in times bypast. The subjects may not be -alienated in whole or in 
part without the consent of the granter or his successors; and failing payment 
of the feu-farm within ten months after the term of Candlemas, the lease shall 
become void. Precept is directed to Sir William Cranstoun, vicar of Ligert- 
wade, and Thomas Raith, to give sasine ; and the Charter is dated at Edin- 
burgh, 5th March 1566-67; witnesses, the said Sir William Cranstoun, Mr. 
Thomas Gardin, William Somervile, vicar of Kirkbeyn, David Balfour of 
Powis, and Cuthbert Hendirson, notary public. (Signed) W. Maitland.' 
The granter's seal is attached, entire but somewhat defaced. 



388 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

father, in the £4 lands of Friercarse with pasture and mill 
thereof called Grangmylne, in the parish and shire of Drum- 
freis, with the astricted multures of the £36 lands named 

in the preceding charter. Dated Melrose, 8th 1553. 

Signed by the Commendator and convent. (f . 124.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
4th June 1553, given by James Neilson as bailie ; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Kirkpatrik in Alisland, William Muirheid 
there, Robert Tait, Roger Kirkpatrik, William Kirk- 
patrik, George Muire and John Neilsone, Herbert Ander- 
sone, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. 

(f. 125.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of Thomas Kirk- 
patrik as son and heir of the deceased John Kirkpatrik of 
Alisland in the office of bailie of the £36 lands of Dalgonour, 
Killelago and others given in the previous grant of 
bailiary. Dated :, 1553. _ (f. 125.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 4th 
June 1553, given by James Neilson, witnesses and notary 
as in the last. (f. 126.) 

Precept of Clare Constat by the Commendator and 
Icononius, as administrator for him during his minority, 
in favour of John Kirkpatrik now of Alisland as son and 
heir of the deceased Thomas Kirkpatrik of Alisland, in 
the £4 lands of 'Frierkerse, with the fishing, and the mill 
thereof called Grangmilne, lying in the parish of Dunscoir, 
with the astricted multures of the £36 lands of Dalgonour, 
Killelago, etc. Dated Lynlythegow, 7th December 1585 ; 
witnesses, Alexander Coluill, John Forrest and James 
Prymeroise, servitors to the granter. (f. 127.) 

Note of Sasine following thereupon dated 28th November 
1587, John Makghee, being notary. (f. 128.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kirkpatrik 
now of Alisland as son and heir of the deceased Thomas 
Kirkpatrik of Alisland in the office of bailie of the £36 
lands of Dalgonour, etc. Dated Lynlythgow, 7th Decem- 
ber 158'5 ; witnesses, Alexander Colwill, Bartholomew 



KIRKPATRICK OF ALISLAND 389 

Kello, John Forrest and James Pryemroise, notary, ser- 
vitors to the granter. (f. 128.) 

Note of Sasine following thereupon, dated 28th November 
1587, John Makghe being notary. (f. 128.) 

[The above Precept and the note of Sasine are repeated 
in the Register.] 

Charter to Thomas Kirkpatrik of Friercars of ' our ' 
24 s. 6 d. lands, of which a 6 s. 3 d. land in Edzarstoun is 
occupied by John Mureheid, a 6 s. 3 d. land in McCubbyn- 

stoun by Robert , a 5 s. land in Mauchanestoun 

Riddynnis by Roger Hayning, and a 7 s. land in Farding- 
well by Andrew Mureheid, lying in the parish of Dunscoir, 
to be held for the yearly payment of 39 s. 3d. with 16 d. 
in augmentation, being together 40 s. 7 d., with dupli- 
cation at entry of heirs. Dated Melrose 1565. 

Signed by the Commendator and by John Watsone, sub- 
prior, John Watsone, younger, George Weir, James 
Ramsay, Barnard Bowstoun, John Fourroise, Thomas 
Hallywell and Alexander Ballentyn. (f. 129.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 30th 
August 1565, given by Thomas Kirkpatrik in Alisland 
as bailie ; witnesses, Richard Kirkpatrik in Friercars, 
Andrew Mureheid in Ferdynvell, and Gilbert Grier in 
AmwUiganstoun, Harbert Andersone, clerk of the diocese 
of Glasgow being notary. (f. 130.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, in favour of John Kirkpatrik, 
now of Alisland, as heir to his father the deceased Thomas 
Kirkpatrik of Alisland in the 24 s. 6 d. lands, of which a 
6s. 3d. land in Edzerstoun is occupied by Cuthbert 
Milligan, and a 5 s. land in Mauchanestoun Riddynnis by 
Cuthbert Fyt, and a 7 s. land in Ferdingwell by Aymer 
Irland, lying in the parish of Dunscoir. Dated Lynlyth- 
gow, 7th December 1585 ; witnesses, Alexander Colvill, 
Bartholomew Kello, John Forrest and James Prymroise, 
notary public, servitors to the Iconimus. (f. 132.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
28th November 1587, given by Roger Kirkpatrik in Frier- 



390 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

cars as bailie ; witnesses, Roger Kirkpatrik of Auld- 
girth, Thomas Greir, brother of Roger Greir of Bardannoch, 
Robert Kirkpatrik of Rokkelheid and John Muire, son of 
George Mure in Halmyre, John Makghee being notary. 

(f. 133.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 19th October 1577, narrat- 
ing that John Lauchlesone, feuar of the 7 s. 6 d. lands of 
Mekill Dempstartoun in the parish of Dunscoir and barony 
of Monkland, gave sasine to Thomas Kirkpatrik of Alis- 
land of these lands in fulfilment of a contract made between 
them at Drumfreis on 14th October. Witnesses John 
Kirkpatrik, son of the said Thomas Kirkpatrick, John 
Gowrlaw in Nether Lagan, Gilbert McKynway, David 
Morron in Bischopeforrest, John Welsche in Swayd, 
William Lauchleson and John Grierson in Dempstartoun, 
Harbert Anderson, clerk of the diocess of Glasgow, being 
notary. (f. 133.) 

Contract of Excambion, dated at the Friercarse, 22nd 
January 1601, between John Kirkpatrik of Aleisland as 
feuar of the 7 s. land of Ferdingwell, and Oswald Smythe 
in Kilroy, feuar of the half merk land of Nether Lagan, 
whereby the said John Kirkpatrik as heir of the deceased 
Thomas Kirkpatrik, his father, exchanges the said land 
of Ferdingwoll in the parish of Dunscoir for the half merk 
land of Nether Laggane sometime occupied by the deceased 
John Jacksone and John Hardy in said parish, and they 
oblige themselves to infeft each other in the lands ex- 
changed, the said Oswald Smythe and his heirs paying 
yearly to the said John Kirkpatrick and his heirs 39 s. 6 d. 
for the teinds, etc. ; witnesses, Thomas Kirkpatrick, father's 
brother to the said John, and John Hunter in Auchinbrek, 
Cuthbert Greir in Drumfreise, and Robert Greir in Frier- 
carse. Signed by two notaries, Harbert Cuninghame and 
Robert Cuninghame on behalf of the said Oswald Smythe. 

(f. 134.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 23rd January 1601, of John 
Kirkpatrik in the half merk land of Nether Laggan in terms 
of the preceding contract of excambion ; witnesses, John 



YONDER BARCHENALLAY 391 

Hunter in Auchinbrek, Cuthbert Greir in Linburne, Robert 

Greir in Over Laggan and Makfadzeane in Lagan. 

(f. 136.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 3rd June 1656, of John 
Kirkpatrik of Aleisland in the merk land of the lands of 
Bisbhopforrest called Makknachstoun occupied by James 
Currour, John Currour and Margaret Wilson, within the 
parish of Kirkpatrik Irnegray in the stewartry of Kirk- 
cudbright, in terms of disposition by John Turnour of 
AirdwoU. Dated Drumfreis, 2nd June ; witnesses Robert 
Greirsone, son of the deceased John Griersone in Croche- 
moir, William Welsche in Reidskar, James Currour in 
Makknaichstoun and John Portar, Harbert Cuninghame 
of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. (f . 137.) 

Charter to James Kirkpatrik, son of Robert Kirk- 
patrik of Brecho, of the 10 s. lands of McChenestoun in the 
parish of Dunscoir, presently occupied by the said James 
Kirkpatrick, paying yearly 16 s. as the old rental, with 6 d. 
of augmentation, and doubling the same at entry of heirs. 

Dated 1565. Signed by the Commendator and John 

Watsone ' superior,' George Weir, Bernard Bowstoun, 
John Forroise, Alexander Ballantyne, James Ramsay, 
Thomas Hallywell and John Watsoun, younger, (f. 138.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
30th August 1565, given by Thomas Kirkpatrik in Aleis- 
land as bailie ; witnesses, Thomas Kirkpatrik of Friercarse, 
Richard Kirkpatrik, his son, Gilbert Griersone in Amuly- 
ganstoun, and Andrew Muirheid in Ferdingwell. (f. 139.) 

Charter to John Sandersone in Yondir Barchenallay 
of the 5 s. lands of Yonder Barchenallay now occupied by 
Margaret Greir, in the shire of Drumfreis, paying yearly 
8 s. as the old rent, and 4 d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation at entry of heirs. Dated 1565. Signed by the 

Commendator, John Fourrois, Thomas Halliewell, Alex- 
ander Ballentyne, John Watsoun, minor, George Weir, 
James Ramsay and Bernard Bowstoun. (f. 140.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 30th 



392 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

August 1565, given by Thomas Kirkpatrik of Aleisland as 
bailie ; witnesses, Thomas Kirkpatrik of Friercarse, 
Richard Kirkpatrik, his son, Gilbert Greirsone in Amwli- 
ganstoun, and Andrew Muirheid in Fardynwall, Harbert 
Andersone of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. 

(f. 141.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 16th August 1565, given 
by John Kirkauche of Sondaywoll, as bailie of Michael, 
Commendator of Melrose, to John Greir, son of Gilbert 
Greir in Dempstartoun of the 6 s. 3 d. lands of Dempstar- 
toun which the said John Greir now occupies, in the parish 
of Dunscoir, held in terms of charter granted 28th July 
1565. Witnesses to the sasine were William Makfad- 
yeane, John Fute, Gilbert McKynnay and Oswald Portar, 
John Lauder of the diocese of Glasgow being notary. 

(f. 142.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 8th November 1565, given 
by John Kirkaucht of Sondaywell, as bailie of the Com- 
mendator, to John Greir in Yonder Barschynvallay of the 
5 s. lands of Yonder Barschynvollay now occupied by the 
said John Greir, in the parish of Dunscoir, held in terms of 
charter, dated 25th July 1565. Witnesses to the sasine 
were William Makfadyeane in Breirdwell, Edward 
Makkynnay and John Makfadyeane, John Lauder being 
notary. (f. 143.) 

Crown Charter by King James vi. to John Kirkpatrik 
of Alisland of the lands called Yonder Baschewallay, etc., 
dated 21st February 1607.1 (f. 144.) 

Charter to John Fute in Ferdindonane of the 6s. 3d. 
lands of Ferdindonane alias Edzarstoun presently occupied 
by the said John Fute, in the parish of Dunscoir, paying 
yearly 10 s. as the old rent, and 6 d. of augmentation, with 
duplication at entry of heirs. Dated 27th July 1565. 
Signed by the Commendator and several members of 
the convent. This charter is confirmed by the king at 
Holyrood House, 31st December 1583.1 (f. 147.) 



1 See Reff. Mag. Sig., vol. 1593-1608, No. 1862. 



EDZAIR OF EDZAIRISTOUN 393 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 16th 
August 1565, given by John Kirkauche of Soundaywell as 
bailie ; witnesses, John Baty, prebendary of Lincloudane, 
Oswald Portar, messenger, William McFadzeane and 
William Smyth in Kellestoun, John Lauder of the diocese 
of Glasgow being notary. (f. 149.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 24th September 1590, in 
favour of Cuthbert Fute in Ferdindonane alias Edzarstoun, 
as son and heir of the deceased John Fute there, in the 
6 s. 3d. lands of Ferdindonane alias Edzarstoun, proceed- 
ing upon a Crown precept of sasine, dated at Edinburgh 
7th August 1590. Sasine was given by Andrew Cunning- 
hame, one of the sheriff deputes of Drumfreis, to the said 
Cuthbert Fute ; witnesses, John Merschaill, burgess of 
Drumfreis, Cuthbert Fuite, elder, John Fute, William 
Edzar in Edzarston and John McCheyn in McCheynstoun, 
Harbert Cunninghame being notary. (f. 150.) 

Crown Charter of confirmation by King James vi. of a 
charter to John Edzar in Edzarstoun of the 6s. 3d. 
lands of Edzarstoun now occupied by the said John Edzar, 
within the parish of Dunscoir, paying yearly 10 s., and 
16 d. of augmentation, with duplication at entry of heirs. 
Dated 26th July 1565. Confirmation dated Holyrood 
House, 31st December 1583. (f. 151.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 16th August 1565, following 
upon the charter above confirmed, given by John Kirkauch 
of SoundajTvell as bailie ; witnesses, John Baty, preben- 
dary of Lincloudane, Oswald Portar, John Smyth in 
Ferdingwell, John Lauder being notary. (f. 154.) 

Crown Precept from Chancery narrating the > service of 
William Edzair as heir of the deceased John Edzair in 
Edzaristoun, his father, in the 6 s. 3 d. lands of Edzaristoun, 
in the parish of Dunscoir, dated Edinburgh, 7th August 
1590. (f. 154.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 24th 
September 1590, given by Andrew Cunninghame, sheriff 
depute of Drumfreis ; witnesses, John Merscheall, burgess 



394 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of Drumfreis, Gilbert McKynnay in Edzairstoun, Cuthbert 
Fute, elder, Cuthbert Fute, younger, John Fute, his 
brother, and John Makcheyn in McCheynstoun, Herbert 
Cunningham being notary. (f. 155.) 

Charter by King James vi. to Roger Kirkpatrik, burgess 
of Drumfreis, for good service rendered to the king's 
progenitors, of the 12 s. 6 d. lands of Edzertoun occupied 
by the deceased Gilbert McKynnay, William Edzar and 
Cuthbert Fute, younger, in the parish of Dunscoir, which 
lands formerly belonged to the Commendator, but now 
to the Crown by the act of annexation of church lands, to 
be held in feu farm for the yearly payment of 22 s. 8 d. 
as the old rent and 16 d. of augmentation, with dupli- 
cation at entry of heirs ; dated Holyrood House, 26th 
March 1595.1 (f. 156.) 

Crown Precept of Sasine following thereupon, of the 
same date. (f. 157.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 13th 
May 1595, given by William Edzar in Edzartoun ; wit- 
nesses, Cuthbert Fute, younger, Cuthbert Fute, elder, 
John Amiligane and Robert McKinnell in Drumfreis, 
Cuthbert Cunninghame being notary. (f. 158.) 

Crown Charter by King James vi. narrating that the 
predecessors of John Greirsoun, natural son of the deceased 
Roger Greirsoun in Amiligantoun, were old native tenants 
of the merk land of Amiligantoun alias Ferdindaunblaine, 
which were enjoyed by the said deceased Roger for these 
many years past, and therefore granting and confirming to 
the said John Greirsoun and the lawful heirs of his body, 
whom failing, the heirs whomsoever of the said deceased 
Roger, the said merk land of Amiligantoun alias Ferdin- 
daunblaine, in the parish of Dunscoir, half of which merk 
land was occupied by the deceased Gilbert Greirson, and 
the other half by the deceased John Greir and Elizabeth 
McKubene, his spouse, and afterwards by the said deceased 
Roger Greirsoun ; which entire merk land formerly 



' See He^. Mag. Sig., vol. 1593-1608, No. 258. 



M'CUBBIN CHARTER 395 

belonging to the Abbacy of Melrose now belongs to the 
Crown by the act of annexation ; paying yearly 24 s. as 
the old rent, and 32 d. of augmentation, with duplication 
at entry of heirs. Dated Edinburgh, 17th June 1606.1 

(f. 159.) 

Crown Precept of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
16th [sic] June 1606. (f. 161.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 30th 
April 1607, given by Robert Cunninghame, burgess of 
Drumfreis, as bailie ; witnesses, John Greirsoun in Toun- 
fuit, Herbert McKubbene, Herbert McKynnay in Kirk- 
land, and Roger Cunninghame in Drumfreis, Herbert 
Cunninghame being notary. (f. 162.) 

Crown Charter by King James vi. to Roger Hiddilstoun, 
sister's son of the deceased Robert McCubbin, as ' kindlie ' 
tenant of the 6s. 3d. lands of Fardinmacrary called 
McCubintoun formerly occupied by the said Robert 
McKubbin, in the parish of Dunscoir, formerly belonging 
to the Abbacy of Melros'e and now to the Crown, to be held 
for yearly payment of 10 s. as the old rent, and 12 d. of 
augmentation, with duplication at entry of heirs ; dated 
Edinburgh, 5th April 1607.^ (f. 163.) 

Crown Precept of Sasine following thereupon, dated 
4th April 1607. (f. 165.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 29th 
June 1610, given by Robert Kirkpatrik, burgess of Drum- 
freis ; witnesses, John Hiddilstoun at Grangemilne, 
Robert McCubbene in Dunscoir, John Hawien there, and 
John McCubbin, son of the said Robert, Herbert Cuning- 
hame being notary. (f. 165.) 

Charter by James Dowglas, Commendator of Melrose, 
with consent of Dame Marie Ker, his spouse, to Robert 
Ormestoun in Westhous, as kindly tenant and possessor 
of the mill of West Houses with the croft thereto adjoining 
and astricted multures of the lands of Galtounsyd and 



' See i?«g-. Mag. Sig., No. 1757. 

2 /did., No. 1889. Dated April 4th. 



396 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Westhouses, also the fishing of the water of Tweed between 
Newsteidmylne and the ford called Gallowmouthe, with 
the ferry boats, cobles and fishing boats upon the said 
water within the foresaid bounds, and sole liberty of using 
the same for the transport of men and beasts on the said 
water from the Newsteidmylne to the Gallowmouthe, 
including salmon and other fishings between the said 
boundaries, also the meadows of Keddieheuche, Over and 
Nether, and Stokholmedow, and two acres of land of the 
Feemaisteris land commonly called Cowmerrisland, like- 
wise eight acres of the lands of Galtounsyd and the Freiris- 
land thereof with the mansion or place in Westhouses 
with pertinents, etc., presently occupied by the said Robert 
Ormestoun, lying in the town and territory of Galtounsyd 
and Westhouses, to be held in feu farm for the yearly 
payment for the mill, etc., of eight bolls of barley and ten 
bolls of oatmeal of the girnele met of Melrose ; for the 
fishing and ferry and fishing boats, 40 fishes, viz. kippers, 
' rownaldis ' and salmon at the customary terms ; for the 
meadow of Stokhallmedow and Keddieheuche 10 s. ; for 
the two acres of Feemaisteris land 15 s. as the old rent 
and — d. of augmentation ; and for the eight acres of 
Galtounsyd seven bolls of barley and two firlots of oatmeal, 
Melrose measure, with three long carriages, three kain 
fowls and three loads of peats ; and for the piece of land of 
Freirsland 15 s. 8 d. ; with duplication at entry of heirs ; 
dated Melrose, 1st September 1591 ; witnesses, Mr. John 
Knox, minister at Melrose, Patrick Giftgn in Westhouses 
and John Scot, notary. (f. 166.) 

Instrument of Sasine following thereupon, dated 22nd 
January 1591, given by Robert Ker in Melrose as bailie ; 
witnesses, Patrick Kene, burgess of Selkirk, Robert 
Martoun in Westhouses, Mark Martoun there, Thomas 
Mar in Newsteid, Walter Eleis in Daynzeltoun and Alex- 
ander Young, notary in Melrose, William Bryddin being 
notary. (f. 169.) 

Letter of Pension to John Mathesoun for his lifetime of 
£44 to be uplifted from the silver duty of the lands of 



LYNLYTHGOW OF DRYGRANGE 397 

Drygrange. Dated Newhouse, 4th May 1598 ; witnesses, 
Archibald Douglas, brother german to the granter, Robert 
Eliot, son of William Eliot of Fawinesche, and James 
Philp, servitors to the granter. (f. 171.) 

Extract of a Decreet by the Lords of Council, dated 
14th July 1601, in an action at the instance of John 
Matheson, servitor to James, Commendator of Melrose, 
against the said Commendator, William Lynlythgow of 
Drygrange, Alexander, Master of Elphinston, Mr. Thomas 
Hamiltoun of Drumcarne and Mr. John Prestoun of 
Fentounbarneis for the King's interest, narrating the 
immediately preceding pension of £44 granted to him 
from the lands of Drygrange and complaining that the 
said William Lynlythgow and other occupiers of the lands 
of Drygrange refuse payment thereof. The pursuer 
appearing by John Haliday, his procurator, and the de- 
fenders not compearing, the Lords ordain the said William 
Lynlythgow to make payment of the said pension yearly 
to the pursuer. The extract is signed by John Skene, 
Clerk Register. (f. 171.) 

Assignation by John Mathesoun, servitor to the Com- 
mendator, to Mr. John Home of Swanescheillis of the 
foresaid yearly pension of £44 and decreet of the Lords of 
Council in his favour thereanent ; dated Edinburgh, 
7th June 1613 ; witnesses. Sir James Dowglas of Spott, 
knight, Richard Cass, writer, Mr. James Broun, John 
Leirmonthe and James Philp, servants to the said Richard 
Cass. (f. 172.) 

Feu-Charter by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, to Thomas 
Kennedie of Knokreoche and Janet Corre, his spouse, in 
liferent, and Thomas Kennedie, his second son, in fee, 
who have paid to him £80, of the £3 13 s. 6 d. lands of 
Plaitcorvye, lying in the earldom of Carrik and shire of 
Ayr, of which lands Marion Kennedie presently occupies 
20 s. and 20 d. ; William Makjonet, 5 s. 10 d. ; William 
Mcllmwn, 16 s. 8 d. ; Janet Wallace, 7 s. 4 d. ; and 
Donald Thomesoun 22 s. ; for the yearly payment of 
£7 7 s. with service at his courts in Carrik and other ser- 



^98 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

vices, with duplication at entry of heirs. Dated Melrose, 
21st December 1535. (f. 173.) 

Feu-Charter by Andrew, Abbot of Melrose, to Thomas 
Kennedie in Knockreoche and Janet Corre, his spouse, 
who have paid him £40 of the £5 lands of Grange, the £4 
ands called Monkwood, the £2 lands of Semorway, the 
half merk land called Beyond the Muir, and the mill of 
Corway with the mill lands and astricted multures of the 
lands of Monkland in Carrik, all lying in the bailiary of 
Carrik, with the teinds, of which lands, etc., the said Thomas 
Kennedy and Janet Corrie, his spouse, have a tack for nine- 
teen years from Whitsunday 1528, for the yearly payment of 
67 merks, with attendance at his courts in Carrik, and other 
services, and with duplication at the entry of heirs. Dated 
Melrose, 21st December 1545. (f. 175.) 

Crown Charter by King James vi. confirming charter 
to Oswald Portar of the 4 s. lands of Ferdinwell now 
occupied by himself, in the parish of Dunscoir, paying 
yearly 6 s. 5 d. as the old rent and 7 d. of augmentation, 
with duplication at the entry of heirs. The charter con- 
tains precept of sasine directed to John Kirkaucht of 
Soundaywell, and is dated Melrose, 27th July 1565. The 
charter of confirmation is dated Holyrood House, 20th 
March 1581.^ There is a note of sasine upon the said 
charter dated 16th August 1565. (f. 177.) 

Notarial Instrument, dated 19th October 1592, narrat- 
ing that Oswald Portar at the Kirk of Dunscoir went to 
the 4 s. lands of Ferdinwell which he holds in feu farm 
of the Abbot of Melrose and to the acres of lands which 
he holds of the vicar of Dunscoir, all within the parish of 
Dunscoir and shire of Nithisdaill, and there for fulfilment 
of a contract between the said Oswald Porter and Andrew 
Portar, his eldest son, of this date, he gave sasine to the 
said Andrew Portar of the said 4 s. land of Ferdinwell, 
reserving his own liferent ; witnesses, John Maxwell of 
Maquhenrik, Henry Gullasone in Burnesait, Thomas 



} See /feg: Mag. Sig., vol. 1580-93, No. 



FERGUSON IN FERDINWELL 399 

Blak in Glenheid, Mungo Gullisone, and James Coltart 
' blekster ' in Drumfreis, Robert Maxwell being notary. 

(f. 178.) 

Charter to Mungo Fergussoun, son of the deceased 
James Fergusson in Ferdinwell, of the 2 s. 4 d. lands of 
Ferdingwell occupied by his said father, in the parish of 
Dunscoir, paying yearly 3 s. 9 d. and 3 d. of augmentation, 
with duplication at the entry of heirs. The charter 
contains precept of sasine directed to John Smythe in 
Kylrow, and is dated 27th July 1565. Signed by the 
Commendator and several of the convent. It is noted as 
having been confirmed by the King on 3rd November 
1584, and that sasine followed on 19th February 1568, 
John Lauder being notary. (f. 178.) 

Instrument of Sasine, dated 2nd October 1593, given 
by Mungo Ferguson in Ferdinwell with consent of Janet 
McClege, his wife, to his lawful son, George Fergusson, 
of the 2 s. 4 d. lands of Fardinwell with pertinents, which 
he holds in feu farm by a disposition from the deceased 
Michael, Commendator of Melrose, confirmed by the King. 
The liferents of the said Mungo Ferguson and his wife are 
reserved, and it is stipulated that should Arthur Fergusson, 
son and heir apparent of the said Mungo Ferguson, return 
to the parish of Dunscoir, that the said George Ferguson 
would submit himself in respect of this infeftment to the 
arbitration of friends ; witnesses, Andrew Cunninghame, 
sheriff depute of Drumfreis, John Merscheall, burgess 
there, Sampsoun Fergusson of Ferdinwell, Peter Currour 
in HoU and George Currour, his son, Herbert Cuninghame 
being notary. (f. 180.) 



400 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 



TABLE REGISTER OF MELROS 
In David MakcuUo his hands 

Nota. — This register agrees with David Mackulloes 
booke but not with this minute of the charters 
with this double of this booke in the number of 
the pages of the uther. 

Tabill of the haill chartouris contenit in the Mekle 
Register Buik of Melros land. 

[The following are Abstracts of Charters granted by 
ThomaSj Earl of Melrose about 1620.] 

Confirmation of a charter by Thomas Kennedie of 
Ardmillan to his son and his wife of the £4 lands called 
Monkwode with the fishings on the Water of Downe, the 
five and a half merk lands of Culnane, and the following 
parts of the £5 lands of Grange, viz., the merk lands of 
Mosend, and Kewnstoun, the 5 s. lands of Litletoun, 
Hannaystoun and Reidstoun ; the following parts of the 
£3 13. 4. lands of Platcorway, viz., the 22 s. lands of 
Mylnetoun, the 16 s. 8 d. lands called M<=Ilmunstoun, the 
22 s. land of Donald Thomsounstoun, and the 5 s. 10 d. 
lands of Arthurstoun ; also the 40 s. lands of Beauches, 
the 36 s. lands of Periestoun, the 13 s. 4 d. lands of Knok- 
fentoun otherwise cailed Bruntoun, the 6 s. 8 d. lands 
called Beyond the Muire, and the 40 s. lands of Semorway, 
with towers, etc., paying the duties contained in the old 
infeftments. (f. 1.) 

Charter to Thomas Kennedie of Ardmillane of the 
£3 18 s. 6 d. lands of Platcorway, the £5 lands of Grange, 
the £4 lands called Monkwode, the £2 lands of Semorway, 
the half merk lands called Beyond the Mure, the Mill of 
Corway, with the mill lands and astricted multures of the 
lands of the lordship of Monkland in Carrick ; the £5, 9 s. 4 d. 
lands underwritten, viz. the 40 s. lands of Beauches, the 



SCOTT OF HARDEN 40X 

20 s. lands of Litle Smithiestoun, the 36 s. lands of Peries- 
toun and the 13 s. 4 d. lands of Kuskfayntoun ; the 5|- 
merk lands of Culnane, and the office of heritable bailie 
of the 100 merk lands of Monkland : paying yearly for 
Platcorway £7 16 s. ; for Grange, and Monkwode with the 
newly constructed mill, with the fishings, Semorway, 
Beyond the Mure, and the Mill of Corway, 67 merks ; for 
Beauches, Litle Smithiestoune, Periestoune and Knok- 
fayntoune £8 4 s. ; for Culnane 6 merks ; and for the office 
of bailie, 1 d. ; with duplication on entry of heirs, (f. 8.) 

Charter to Sir William Scott of Harden of the lands 
of Espinhoip and Brokilhoip, paying yearly 10 merks, 
3 s. 4 d., with duplication. There is an irritancy if pay- 
ment fell into arrears for three consecutive years. There 
is also a bond for infefting him. (f. 9.) 

Charter to Thomas Davidsone of Pennyglen of the 
40 s. lands of Wester or Meikle Smythistoune, with the 
mansion, paying yearly four merks, with duplication.^ 

(f.lO.) 

Charter to John Mure of Craigskeane of the 43 s. 4 d. 
lands of Craigskeane, paying yearly 46 s. 8 d., with dup- 
lication, (f. 12.) 

Charter to Robert Richard of Clouay and his wife of the 
three merk lands of Clouay, and the 2| merk lands of 
Knokinschort, paying yearly 3 merks and 2| merks re- 
spectively, with an augmentation of 40 d. for each, and 
duplication. (f. 14.) 

Charter to Mr. John Chalmers of Sandifurd of the three 
merk lands of Sauchrie with pendicles, for paying yearly 
3 merks and 40 d. of augmentation, and with duplication. 

(f.l5.) 

Charter to Fergus Kennedy of Knokdaw of the merk 
land of Corrifintoune, paying yearly 15 s., with dupli- 
cation, (f. 17.) 

Charter to Walter Kennedy of Knokdowe of the 40 s. 



' Date about 1618. See Laing Charters, No. 1792. 
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402 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

lands of Meikle Knokdowe, the 24 s. lands of Litle Knok-" 
dowe and the five merk lands of Tibertmoir otherwise 
called Kylstoun, paying yearly £3 26 s., and 5-|- merks, 
grassums £5 6 s. 8 d. The lands of Meikle Knokdowe are 
thirled to the Mill of Corway, paying an astricted multure 
of the 13th grain, triplication of the feu-duty at the entry 
of heirs, and three suits of court. (f. 18.) 

Charter to John Kirkpatrik of Freircarse of the £4 lands 
of Freircarse with the fishings and mill called the Grange 
Mill ; the £36 lands of Dalgonar, Killielago, Barschevalay, 
Pundland, Nether Beirdweill, Dempstartoune, Over and 
Nether Lagane, Over and Nether Dunscoir, Riddmess, 
Edgarstoune, MuUiganstoun, Culroy, Ferdynnavellhill, 
the lands of Achincreich, Bruntskearch and Dargavel, 
with the service of all the tenants and inhabitants and the 
heritable office of bailie : paying for Freircarse, etc., 
£120, arid for the office of bailie 1 d., with triplication and 
an irritancy if he fail in his office of bailie [Dated — 
December 1585.] (f. 22.) 

Charter to Robert Scott of Tuschelaw of the lands of 
Glinkerie, Megehoup and Fauhoip, paying yearly 26 merks 
6 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 24.) 

Precept for infefting James Moniepennie in the lands 
and mill of Pittadro, (f. 26.) 

Tack to John Wauch and James Edzar of the Abbot 
yards of Melros, paying yearly 32 bolls of beir. (f. 27.) 

Charter to Oswald Smith of the 7 s. lands of Ferding- 
wall, paying yearly 12 s., with duplication. (f. 28.) 

Charter to John Slowman of 16 s. 8 d. worth of land, 
of which 10 s. and 40 d. lands lie in Achincreich, and 40 d. 
in Bruntskearch, paying yearly 27 s. 8 d., and triplication. 

(f.30.) 
Charter to Archibald Douglas of Tofts of the £5 lands of 
Pittilisheuche, paying yearly £7 5 s., with triplication.^ 

(f. 33.) 

1 Dated 19th November 1619. Laing Charters, No. 1825. 



DOUGLAS OF TOFTS 403 

Charter to Archibald Douglas of Toftis of the lands of 
Hartsyde, Easter, Wester and Middle, with the mains 
thereof alias Weittpethhed, paying yearly 200 merks and 
three suits of court, with duplication. (f. 35.) 

Charter to John Tennent of Cairnes of the £10 lands of 
Hairhoip, paying yearly £50 and three suits of court, with 
duplication. (f. 36.) 

Charter to William Scott of Harden of the lands of 
Langhoip, paying yearly £7, with duplication. (f. 38.) 

Charter to Janet McArthoiir of the 7 s. 6 d. lands of 
Newton, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with triplication, (f . 39.) 

Charter to Margaret and Janet McKinnell of the 40 d. 
lands of Achincreich and the 40 d. lands of Bruntskearche, 
paying yearly 11 s., with triplication. (f. 41.) 

Precept for infefting John Edzar in the 7 s. 6 d. lands 
of Little Dempstartoune, paying yearly 12 s. 9 d., with 
triplication. (f. 42.) 

Charter to Robert McMurdie of the 6 s. lands of Killilago- 
craig, paying yearly 11 s., with triplication. (f. 43.) 

Charter to John McFadzeane of the 12 s. lands of 
Killalago and the 5 s. lands of Barschevallo, paying yearly 
28 s., with triplication. (f. 45.) 

Charter to John McKinnell of the half merk land of 
Achincreich and the 40 d. lands of Bruntskearche, paying 
yearly 16 s. 8 d., with triplication. (f. 46.) 

Charter to John McKinnell of the 40 d. lands of Achin- 
creich and 40 d. lands of Bruntskearch, paying yearly 11 s., 
with triplication. (f. 47.) 

Charter to John Jackson of the 7 s. 6 d. lands of Bar- 
schinvallo, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with triplication. 

(f. 49.) 

Charter to Fergus MuUigin of the 10 s. lands of Meikle 
Dempstartoune, paying yearly 16 s. 4 d., with triplication. 

(f.50.) 

Charter to John Morring of the 6 s. lands of Killilago, 
paying yearly 10 s., with triplication. (f. 51.) 



404 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept for infefting William McKinnell in the 10 s. 
lands of Achincreich, paying yearly 16 s. 8 d., with tripli- 
cation, (f. 52.) 

Charter to John McKinnell of a half merk land in 
Achincreich, paying yearly 11 s., with triplication, (f . 54.) 

Charters to James McKinnell of the 6 s. 8 d. lands of 
Bruntsckearche ; to Harbert Gaw of the 6 s. 8 d. lands of 
Bruntskearche ; to John Gaw of the 3 s. 4 d. lands of 
Bruntskearche ; to John Gilmour of the 3 s. 4 d. lands of 
Bruntskearche ; and to Thomas Newall of the 3 s. 4 d. 
lands of Bruntskearche, paying yearly 11 s., 11 s., 5 "s. 6 d., 
5 s. 6 d., and 5 s. 6 d. respectively, the heirs of the said 
James McKinnell and John Gaw doubling the feufarm 
and the others tripling it. (f. 55.) 

Charter to David Kennedy, Garriehorne, and his wife 
of the 40 s. lands of Garriehorne, paying yearly 44 s., with 
duplication. (f. 58.) 

Precept for infefting James Wood in the 20 s. lands of 
Garriehorne, paying yearly 22 s., with duplication. 

(f. 60.) 

Precept for infefting John Wood in the 20 s. lands of 
Garriehorne, paying yearly 22 s., with duplication, (f. 61.) 

Charter to George and William Maxwell in liferent and 
fee respectively of the 5 s. lands of M<=cheinstoun, paying 
yearly 9 s., with triplication. (f. 62.) 

Charter to Thomas Trumbill of the merk land of Horin- 
sholl, paying yearly 14 s., with duplication. (f. 64.) 

' [ On the margin is written, ' Hornhill propertie. Laird 
of Minto Trumble.'] 

Charter to John Griersone of a 30 s. lands lying in the 
parish of Dunscoir, paying yearly 50 s. 10 d., with tripli- 
cation, (f. 65.) 

Charter to Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane of Thirlestane, 
Etrickhous, Ramsecleuche and Scabcleuche, paying yearly 
for Thirlestane £6 18 s. 4 d., for Etrickhous £6 13 s. 4 d., for 
Ramsecleuche £6 16 s. 4 d. and for Scabcleuche £3 6 s. 4 d. 



EARL OF WIGTON 405 

with 4 s. of accommodation and suits of court, with 
duplication. (f. 66.) 

Precept in favour of George Hay of Monktoune for in- 
fefting him in Monktoune, paying yearly 30 s., with suits 
of court and duplication. (f. 68.) 

Charter to James Tuidie of Drummelzear of Hopcartane, 
paying yearly £3 6 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 68.) 

Charter to John Murray of Hamyre of Hopcartane, 
paying yearly £3 6 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 70.) 

Ratification by the Earl of Melrose to John, Earl of 
Wigton, of the lands of Kingildores with a procuratory of 
resignation to be held of the King, (f. 71.) 

Contract between the Earl of Melrose and the tenants 
of Reidpeth anent the sowing of the lands of Craighouse. 

(f. 72.) 

Tack to Adie Bell of the lands, teinds and fishings of 
Auld Melrose for seven years, paying yearly 650 merks. 

(f. 74.) 

Charter to Robert Greir of the 7 s. 6 d. lands of Bar- 
schevallo, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with triplication. 

(f. 75.) 

Charter to George Ferguson of the 2 s. 4 d. lands of 
Ferdingwall, paying yearly 4 s., with triplication, (f. 77.) 

Charter to Gilbert Grier of the 6 s. 8 d. lands of Over 
Lagane, paying yearly 11 s. 4 d., with duplication, (f. 78.) 

Charter to Robert Grier of the merk land of Over Lagan, 
paying yearly 24 s. 4 d., with triplication. (f. 80.) 

Charter to John Lyndsay of the 20 s. lands of Nether 
Lagan, paying yearly 40 s., with triplication. (f. 81.) 

Charter to William Edzair of the 12 s. 6 d. lands of 
Edzarstoune, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with triplication. 

(f. 83.) 

Charter to James Smith of the 6 s. lands of Killielago, 
paying yearly 11 s., with triplication. (f. 85.) 

Charter to Marian McFadzean of the 7 s. 6 d. lands of 
Newtoun alias Dempstartoune, paying yearly 13 s. 4d., 
with triplication, (f. 86.) 



406 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept for infefting Thomas McFadzeane in the 7 s. 6 d. 
lands of Newtoun alias Little Dempstartoun, paying yearly 
13 s. 4 d., with triplication. (f. 87.) 

Precept for infefting John Diksone in 2| husband lands 
of Hawlaw, paying yearly £3 22 d., with triplication. 

(f. 87.) 

Charter to James Cossar of the 12 s. lands of Hassing- 
toune, paying yearly 11 s. 3 d., with triplication, (f. 88.) 

Precept for infefting Robert McMoran in the 8 s. 9 d. 
lands of Dempstartoune, paying yearly 21 s., with tripli- 
cation, (f. 89.) 

Charter to Thomas Griersone of the merk land of Over 
Lagane, paying yearly 8 s. 4 d., with triplication, (f. 89.) 

Charter to Nicol Charteris in liferent and Edward 
Maxwell in fee of the 2 J merk land of Bruntskearch, paying 
yearly 40 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 91.) 

Charter to Alexander Ferguson of the 4 s. lands of 
Ferdingwall, paying yearly 7 s., with triplication, (f. 92). 

Charter to John Smith of the half merk land of Kilroy, 
paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with triplication. (f. 94.) 

Charter to John McBirnie of the merk land of Nether 
Lagan, paying yearly 23 s., with triplication. (f. 95.) 

Charter to John McKinnie of the 30 d. lands of Meikle 
Dempstartoune, paying yearly 5 s., with triplication. 

(f. 97.) 
Contracts between the Earl of Melrose and the tenants 
anent the sowing of Gattonside, the Annay and Precinct, 
Newsteid, Newtoune, certain acres of Annay and Melros- 
toune, some acres and houses of Melrostoune, Threipwode, 
certain pendicles in Gattounsyde, and Craighouse. 

(ff. 98-127.) 
Tack of Aid Melros set to Adie Bell. (f. 124.) 

Charter to Gilbert Grierson of the 30 d. lands of Demp- 
startoune, paying yearly 4 s. 8 d., with triplication. 

(f. 130.) 
Charter to William Spottiswode of the ten merk lands 



LETTER OF BAILLIARY 407 

of Quhitlie and Quhitliedykis, paying yearly ten merks 
2 s. 4 d., with duplication. (f. 132.) 

Charter to John Kirkpatrick of the 26 s. lands of Demp- 
startoune, paying yearly 43 s. 4 d., with triplication. 

(f. 132.) 

Charter to William Hunter of the lands of Williamlaw, 
paying yearly £5 10 s., with duplication. (f. 133.) 

Precept for infefting John McMurdie in the 6s. 3d. 
lands in Cubingtoune and Ferdingm'^croner commonly 
called M^murdiestoune, paying yearly 11 s. 4 d., with 
triplication. (f. 134.) 

Precept for infefting Alexander McMurdie in the 6 s. 8 d. 
lands of Ferdingdrumbane, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with 
duplication. (f. 135.) 

Charter to Sampson Ferguson of the 28 d. lands of 
Ferdingwell, paying yearly 4 s., with triplication, (f. 136.) 

Precept for infefting John McCubein in the 6s. 3d. 
lands of McCubenstoune, paying yearly 10 s. 4 d., with 
triplication. (f. 137.) 

Charter to Roger Hiddilstoun of the 6s. 3d. lands of 
Ferdingwell M°croy called M^cubingtoun, paying yearly 
2 s. 6 d., with duplication. (f. 138.) 

Charter to John Grierson of the merk land of Muligan- 
toune also called Ferdingdrumbane, paying yearly ten 
merks, with triplication. (f. 139.) 

Charter to Cuthbert Hilstoun of the 6s. 3d. lands of 
Edzartoune, paying yearly 12 s. (f. 141.) 

Precept for infefting John M'Cheyne in the 10 s. lands 
of Ferdingriddins, paying yearly 16 s. 8 d., with tripli- 
cation, (f. 142.) 

Charter to Andrew Riddell of that Ilk of the half lands 
of Cringillis, paying yearly 50 s., with duplication. 

(f. 143.) 

Letter of Bailliary to James Pringill of Bukholme. 

(f. 144.) 



408 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Precept for infefting William Grier in the 40 s. lands of 
Dalgonar and the 20 s. lands called Pundland, paying 
yearly £5 4 s., with duplication. (f. 144.) 

Charter to Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane of the half 
lands of Cringillis extending to 52 s. of land, paying yearly 
40 s., with duplication. (f. 145.) 

Charter to John Halliburtoune of Mertoun of the fishings 
upon water of Tweed therein specified, paying yearly £20, 
with duplication. (f. 146.) 

Resignation of the new kirk of Ettrik and parish thereof 
in favour of Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane and his son 
John, paying yearly to the minister 300 merks and fur- 
nishing bread and wine t6 the communion, also relieving the 
minister and kirk of all impositions upon the said kirk 
and teinds. (f. 147.) 

Precept for infefting George Lawder of Bass in the 
lands of Panscheillis, Preistlaw, Kingisyde, Freirdykis, 
Winterscheillis and Newgrange, paying yearly £30, five 
chalders of wheat, three chalders of oatmeal ' lie straik 
mett Melrose mett,' with duplication. (f. 148.) 

Charter to Mr. John Chalmer of Sauchrie and his wife 
of the 43 s. 4 d. lands of Craigskeane, paying yearly 
46 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 149.) 

Charter to Mr. John Chalmer of Sauchrie of the merk 
land called Donaldsmote, paying yearly two merks, with 
duplication. (f. 150.) 

Tack to Michael Fisher in Fadounsyde of Cairtleyis, 
Sowtercroft, Meirbanke, Newfurdhauche and Marrislie 
with the teinds, paying yearly for all save Marrislie 530 
merks, and for Marrislie and teinds 70 merks, or in all 600 
merks. (f. 151.) 

Backhand by Michael Fisher in favour of the tenants 
regarding the said lands. (f. 152.) 

Tack to Alexander Michelsone of Blankhauche of Dry- 
grang and Couperrige with the teinds, paying yearly 900 
merks. (f. 153.) 

Tack to William Halliburtoun in Housbyre and George 



CAIRNCROSS OF COLMESLIE 409 

Thomson there of the half of the Eastsyde of Housbyre 
with the teinds, paying yearly 250 merks. (f. 154.) 

Tack to William Chisholme in Demik and William 
Darling there of the vicarage teinds of Dernik and Brigend, 
paying yearly £30. (f. 155.) 

Tack to Robert Trotter in Housbyre of the half of the 
Eastsyde of Housbyre, paying yearly 250 merks. (f. 155.) 

Confirmation of a charter by James Cairncross of 
Colmeslie to Andrew Riddell of that Ilk of AUaneschawis, 
Woplaw, and the West part of Langlie, paying yearly ten 
merks and 3 s. for AUaneschawis, £3 10 s. for Wouplaw 

and for Langlie the sum of and stones of butter 

or 6 s. 4 d. for each stone of butter, with duplication. 

(f. 156.) 

Charter to James Carnecroce of Colmeslie of the half 
lands of Selmure called Colmeslie, Westersyde of Hous- 
byre, the Eastsyde of Langlie (except the croft called 
Sellarishauch), AUaneschawis and Wouplaw, the Mill 
of Newtoune with the astricted multures together with 
the multures of the towns of Newtoune, Lassudden, 
Eliestoune, Camistoune, MaxpoffiU, Murehouslaw and 
Plewland with the mill lands, etc., paying yearly for the 
half of Selmure called Colmeslie 50 stones of butter or 
6 s. 8 d. for each stone at the option of the said James 
Carnecross for Westersyde of Housbyr and Langlie £16 
and 20 stones of butter or 6 s. 8 d. for each stone with 
duplication in the first year of entry, for AUaneschawis 
ten merks 3 s. 10 d., for Wouplaw £3 10 s., and for the 
Mill of Newtoune 13 merks, with attendance at the three 
head courts, and triplication of the feu duty of the said 
mill. (f. 158.) 

Tack to William Moffett in Reidpeth of the vicarage 
teinds of the lands of Melrosetoune and two parts of the 
lands of Danzeltoune possessed by the tenants of Melros- 
toune and Danzeltoune, paying yearly twenty merks. 

(f. 160.) 

Bond for infefting James Carnecroce of Colmeslie in the 
foresaid lands contained in his charter, (f. 161.) 



410 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Andrew Ker of Yair of Freircroft, paying 
yearly £3 6 s. 8 d. (f. 163.) 

Charter to James Pringill of GallascheiUis of Sellar- 
hauche, paying yearly £3. (f. 165.) 

Charter to George Rutherford of Ferningtoune of the 
two closes or parks and meadows called Monks closes, 
paying yearly 42 s., with duplication. (f. 165.) 

Confirmation of a charter by James Huntar of Halk- 
burne to Thomas Huntar, his brother, of the lands of 
Halkburne, paying the usual duties. (f. 165.) 

Precept for infefting Francis Huntar in Halkburne and 
three husband lands of Blainslie, paying yearly for Halk- 
burne eight merks with duplication, and for the said 
husband lands five merks 5 s. 4 d., ten poultry and 3 J 
carriages, with duplication. (f. 167.) 

Charter to Thomas Huntar of the lands of Halkburne 
and three husband lands of Blainslie, paying yearly as in 
the last. (f. 168.) 

Tack to Thomas Huntar of Halkburne of the teinds of 
Halkburne, paying yearly ten merks. (f. 169.) 

Charter to Walter Scott of a half merk land in Clarelaw 
called Mounkland, paying yearly 6 s. 8 d., with duplication. 

(f. 170.) 

Charter to George Corrie of Kelwode and his wife of the 
5| merk lands of Fischertoune, paying yearly six merks, 
with three suits of court and duplication. (f. 171.) 

Charter to John Scott in Breiryairds of the 3 s. 4 d. 
lands of Calffald, paying yearly 3 s. 4 d., with duplication. 

(f. 172.) 

, Charter to Gavin Trumbill of the merk land called 
Kerswell (in Hassinden in the margin), paying yearly 
13 s. 4 d., and duplication. (f. 172.) 

Charter to Andrew Plumbert of 6j husband lands in 
Lassudden, paying yearly £12 3 s. 4 d., with astricted 
multures, three suits of court, and duplication, (f. 173.) 

Charter to James Carnecorse, younger of Colmislie, of 
the lands of Colmislie, etc. (f. 178.) 



PRINGLE OF TORWOODLIE 411 

Precept for infefting Sir Patrick Murray of Eliebank 
in an annual rent of 39 bolls of oats, 13 bolls of barley, 

long carriages, 12 short carriages, and four dozen kain 

fowls for payment of 1 d. (f. 178.) 

Precept for infefting William. Douglas of Tofts in the 
£5 lands of Pittilesheuche, paying yearly £7 5 s., with 
triplication, also three suits of court.^ (f. 179.) 

Charter to John Belsches, advocate, for the £5 lands of 
Pittilesheuche, paying yearly £7 5 s., with triplication and 
three suits of court.^ (f. 180.) 

Charter to Alexander Hoy of the lands of Colmesliehill, 
paying yearly £5 2 s. 8 d., with duplication. (f. 181.) 

Tack to Alexander Hoy of Colmesliehill of the teinds of 
Colmesliehill, paying yearly £5. (f. 182.) 

Tack to James Carnecroce of the teinds of the lands 
disponed to him in his charter above in f. 175. (f. 183.) 

Confirmation of a charter by James Carncroce of Colmes- 
lie to George Pringill of Torwodlie of AUaneschaw and 
Wouplaw, the Eastsyde of LangliCj except the croft called 
Sellarishauchf, and a annual rent of 200 merks from 
Westersyde of Housbyre, paying yearly for AUaneschaw 
ten merks 3 s. 10 d., for Wouplaw £3 10 s., and for West- 
syde of Langlie £5 6 s. 6 d., and seven stones butter or 
6 s. 8 d. for each stone at the option of the payer with 
duplication and for the said annual rent 1 d. [Followed 
upon a contract of sale for 18,000 merks.^ ] (f. 184.) 

Precept for infefting Robert Maxwell in the 20 s. lands 
of Glengunnoch, paying yearly 40 s., with triplication and 
three suits of court. (f. 186.) 

Charter to Robert Muirhead and Marion Edzar, his 
spouse, of the 10 s. lands of Glengunnoch. (f. 190.) 

Charter to Archibald Maxwell of Cowhill of the 10 s. 
lands of Glengunnoch, paying yearly 20 s., with tripli- 
cation, (f. 187.) 



' Dated 2Sth June 1621, Laing Charters, No. 1870. 

2 Dated 9th February 1622, Ibid., No. 1897. 

' P.utherfprd of Edgerston Charters in General Register House. 



412 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Letter of Bailiary to James Pringill, fiar of Bukholme, 
of the Temple lands within the shire of Berwick, (f. 188.) 

Confirmation of a Charter by the deceased Robert 
Diksone of Hassingtoune Maynis to Robert Diksone, his 
grandson (nepoti), of the 5f husband lands of the Mains of 
Hassingtoune and Dedrigis, paying yearly £7 11 s. lOj d., 
with duplication. (f. 189.) 

Precept for infefting Thomas Trumbill in the 13 s. 4 d. 
lands of Hassindenbank, paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with 
duplication and three suits of court. (f. 192.) 

Charter to John Maxwell of Tempilland of the £4 lands 
of Freircarse with the fishing and the mill thereof, paying 
yearly £120, with triplication. (f. 192.) 

Charter to Robert Douglas of Spott of the lands of 
Easter, Wester and Middle Hardsyde with the Mains of 
Hardsyde or Wettpetheid, paying yearly 200 merks, with 
three suits of court and duplication. (f. 196.) 

Factory to John Crawford of Skeldoune for uplifting 
the feu duties of the lands and barony of Monkland and 
Carrik. (f. 197.) 

Confirmation of a Charter by Sir Robert Scott of Thirle- 
stane with consent of his wife, to Sir Walter Scott of 
Quhitslaid of the lands of Ettrikhous for paying yearly 

£6 13 s. 4 d. and in augmentation, with three suits of 

court and duplication. (f. 198.) 

Confirmation of a Charter by Sir Robert Scott of Thirle- 
stane with consent of his spouse, to William Scott of 
Harden of the lands of Thirlestane, Ramiscleuch and 
Scabcleuch, with the pendicle of Thirlestane called Hoip- 
hous and the pendicle of Ramiscleuch called Timahauchis, 
paying yearly for Thirlestane £6 13 s. 4 d., for Ramis- 
cleuch £6 13 s. 4 d., for Scabcleuch £3 6 s. 4 d., and 

in augmentation, with three suits of court and duplication. 

(f. 200.) 

Letters of Regress to Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane to 
the lands of Ettrikhous on payment to Sir Walter Scott 
of Quhitslaid and his heirs of 12,000 merks. (f. 202.) 



EARL OF ROXBURGH 413 

Letters of Regress to Sir Robert Scott of Thirlestane 
to the lands of Thirlestane, Ramiscleuch and Scabcleuch, 
with their pendicles, on payment to Sir William Scott of 
Harden and his heirs of £20,000. (f. 203.) 

Charter to Sir George Ramsay of Wyliecleuch of three 
houses and others in Aldtoune of Cauldstreame, paying 
yearly £3, with duplication. (f. 204.) 

Charter to Duncan Menzeis of the lands of Wolfclyde, 
paying yearly four merks 2 s. 8 d., with triplication. 

(f. 203.) 

Charter to Robert, Earl of Roxburgh, of the lands of 
Ugginis underwritten, namely the lands of Falsat, Trowe, 
Coklaw, Kapilrodik, Ewyngischaw, Preischneise, Sour- 
hoip, Raschaw, Gaitschaw, Hownemgrange, Southcoitt, 
Cliftouncoitt, with the Mill of Hownemgrange, paying 
yearly for Falsat £5, for Troue £5, for Coklaw £7 10 s., for 
Kapilrodik £5, for Ewinschaw £7 10 s., for Preisschneise 
£5, for Sourhoip £5, for Raschaw £10, for Gaitschaw 
£6 13 s. 4 d., for Hownemgrange £10, for Southcoitt £4, 
for Cliftouncoitt £6 13 s. 4 d., for the Mill of Hownem- 
grange 40 s., with £9 in augmentation and three suits of 
court and duplication. Failure of payment involves 
duplication of the feu duties for each of the terms unpaid. 

(f. 205.) 

Confirmation of a Charter by William Huntar of William- 
law, Mr. William Hunter, his son, with consent of Eliza- 
beth Douglas, mother, and Barbara Carnecroce, spouse of 
the said William Hunter, and Janet Mow, spouse of the 
said Mr. William Hunter, to James Pringill, fiar of Buk- 
holme, of the lands of Williamlaw, paying yearly £5 10 s., 
with duplication. (f. 206.) 

Tack to Thomas Huntar of Halkburne of the teinds of 
Quhitlie and Quhitliedykis, Buttirhoil and Loyningknow, 
paying yearly ten merks. (f. 209.) 

Charter to Thomas Huntar of Halkburne of the ten 
merk lands of Quhitlie and Quhitliedykis, Buttirhoil and 
Loningknow, paying yearly ten merks 2 s. 4 d., with 
dupUcation. (f. 209.) 



414 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

[This Charter probably followed on a Disposition dated 
16th June 1624, recorded in General Register of Sasines, 
vol. XV. p. 161. J 

Charter to Alexander Menzeis of Culterralles of the lands 
of Wolfclyde, paying yearly four merks 2 s. 8 d., with ' 
duplication. (f. 211.) 

Precept for infefting Oswald Smith in the 7 s. lands of 
Ferdingwell, paying yearly 12 s., with duplication. 

' (f. 212.) 

Charter to Laurence Scott, advocate, of the lands of 
Eliestoune, paying yearly three chalders of barley and 
three chalders of meal, Melrose measure, extending to 13 
pecks every boll and 60 poultry or 8 s. for each boll of 
barley, 6 s. for each boll of meal and 6 d. for each of the 
poultry at the option of the payer with 20 s. of augmen- 
tation, extending in all to £37 14 s., with duplication and 
three suits of court. (f. 213.) 

Confirmation of Charter by James Cairncroce of Colmslie 
with consent of his wife, to Mr. John Mitchell, minister, 
of the lands of Eastsyde of Langlie and Westhous of 
Housbyre under reversion for 5000 merks.^ (f. 221.) 

Contract between the Earl of Melros and the tenants of 
Eildoune anent the sowing of seventeen lands with the 
teinds. (f. 224.) 

Charter to George Pringle of Torwodlie of Colmslie, 
Westsyde of Housbyre, Langlie, Mill of Newtoune, lands 
of Newtoune, Lessuddin, Eleistoune, Cammisstovme, Max- 
poppell, Morhouslaw and Plewland, upon an apprising led 
by him against James Cairncroce of Colmslie.^ (f. 227.) 

Precept for infefting John Mitchell in Eastsyde of 
Langlie and Westsyde of Housbyre. ^ (f. 230.) 

Precept for infefting John, Earl of Cassillis, in the 
20 merk lands of Monkland. (f. 231.) 



' See Rutherford of Edgerston Charters, 22nd June 1622. 

2 Iditi., 4th July 1622. 

8 /6iti., 28th February 1624. 



PRINGLE OF BUCKHOLM 415 

Precept, for infefting David Murray of Halmyre in Hop- 
cartane. (f. 232.) 

Tack of the yairds of Melros and Priorwoode with the 
teinds to WiUiam Edgar. (f. 23.2.) 

Charters to John Scott of Spenserfeild of the lands of 
Spenserfeild, and to the said John Scott and his future 
spouse of Newtoune of Pittadro upon his resignation. 

(f. 233.) 

Precept for infefting James Greir of Dalgonar in the 
40 s. lands of Dalgonar and the 20 s. lands of Pundland. 

(f. 235.) 

Charter to John Fisher of the lands of Thirlstoune, 
Ramiscleuch and Scabcleuch, with the pendicles of Thirl- 
stoune called Hoiphous and pendicles of Ramiscleuch 
called Timshauchis, upon an apprising by the said John 
Fisher against Robert Scott of Thirlstone. (f . 236.) 

Charter to James Pringle, fiar of Torwodlie, granted by 
George Pringle of the lands of Colmslie, Wouplaw and 
Allanschawes, and a confirmation thereof. (f. 238). 

Precept for infefting Thomas Wood in Milnehauchis of 
Newgrange. (f. 241.) 

Charter to Nicolas Cairncroce of Calfhill of the lands 
of Calfhill and Notsmanspark with Laidupmure and the 
five merk lands of Maxpoppell.^ (f. 241.) 

Renunciation by the Earl of Melros to James Ker of 
the decreet of improbation obtained against him of his 
infeftments of the two corn mills of Melros registered in 
September 1627. (f. 243.) 

Charter- to James Pringle, fiar of Bukholme, and John 
Pringill, his eldest son, of the lands of Williamlaw with 
reservation of his own liferent and confirmation of this 
charter written on the back. (f. 245.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting James Ker as heir 
to the deceased Robert Ker, his father, in the corn mills 
of Melros. (f. 245.) 

^ Dated l6th July 1627. Roxburgh Sasines, vol. iii, pp. 204-5. See 
Resality Court Records, vol. ii. pp. 33 1 •4' 



416 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Letter of Bailiary to James Hoome of Haikshaw of the 
lordship of Caldstreame. (f. 246.) 

Letter of Bailiary to James Pringill, fiar of Bukholme, 
of the lordship of Melrose. (f. 247.) 

Charter to Robert Lauder and his spouse of a house, 
garden and dovecot in Tininghame. (f. 247.) 



MELROSE CHARTULARY 417 



CHARTULARY OF MELROSE (continued) 

[Note. — The Charters are now granted by Sir Thomas 
Hamilton, Earl of Melrose, who afterwards became the 
Earl of Haddington.] 

Charter by Thomas, Earl of Melros, Lord Byres and 
Binning, to Andrew Lethan, carpenter in Potterraw, of 
one and a fourth husband lands of Newtoune occupied by 
the said Andrew Lethan and his tenants, paying yearly 
£29 3 s. 4 d. with 1| long and Ij short carriages, 1 J loads 
turf ^ or 22 s. 6 d. for the Ij long carriages, 10 s. for the 
IJ short carriages and 4s. 2 d. for the load turf, at the 
granter's option, also 3^ kain fowls with irritancy on failure 
of three successive terms in payment and thirla'ge to the 
mills of Newtoune. Dated Edinburgh, 17th May 1622 ; 
witnesses, David McCuUoch, John Wauch and Archibald 
Eliot, servants to the Earl. (f. 1.) 

Charter to Andrew Mayne, son of David Meyne in New- 
steid of two acres of Newsteid with the teinds occupied 
by the said Andrew Meyne and his sub-tenants, paying 
yearly £3 15 s., a short carriage or 8 s., and a load turf or 
3 s. 4 d. with the kain fowls, with thirlage to the mill 
of Melros. Dated Edinburgh, 17th May 1622 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 2.) 

Charter to James Eistoune, indweller in Lassudden, of 
the quarter of a husband land formerly belonging to James 
Unes in Lassudden now resigned by John Brydin, portioner 
of Lassudden, with the dwelling houses, etc., thereupon 
(but reserving the fishing of the water of Tweed and the 
stone quarries), paying yearly 9s. 3d. with the other 
services used and wont and with duplication. Dated 
Edinburgh, 6th July 1622 ; witnesses, David McCulloch 
and Archibald Eliot. (f. 3.) 



' Latin ghba, which may also signify • peats,' and seems to be thus rendered 
in many vernacular deeds. 

VOL. Ill, 2 D 



418 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Barnard Bell in Newsteid, of three acres of 
Newsteid, with the teinds held and occupied by Robert 
Trotter there, with the buildings thereupon, now resigned 
by him, paying yearly £5 12 s. 6 d., with 1 J short carriages, 
a load turf and the kain fowl, with thirlage to Melros MUl. 
Dated Edinburgh, 6th July 1622 ; same witnesses. 

(f.5.) 

Charter to Thomas Riddell in Newtoune of the fourth 
of a husband land of Newtoune occupied by himself, 
paying yearly £5 16 s. 8 d., the J of a long and the J of 
a short carriage, with the J of a load turf or the sums of 
4 s. 6 d., 2 s. 6 d., and 10 d. at the option of the granter, 
also the J of a kain fowl. Dated Edinburgh, 6th July 
1622 ; same witnesses. (f. 6.) 

Charter to Thomas Ker in Melros of a tenement of land 
in Little Fordel and an acre in Quarelhill formerly belong- 
ing to Thomas Watsone, son and heir of the deceased 
William Watsone in Melros, apprised from him on 3rd 
April last, paying yearly 40 s. Dated Edinburgh, 6th July 
1622 ; same witnesses. (f. 7.) 

Charter to Andrew Darling in Apiltrieleaves in liferent 
and Peter Darling, his eldest lawful son, in fee of that third 
part of Apiltrieleaves presently occupied by the said 
Andrew Darling and resigned by him for this regrant, 
paying £11 with duplication, the said Andrew and Peter 
Darling being bound to ride sufficiently armed with the 
Earl against his enemies whensoever required. Dated 
Bamebowgall, 7th August 1622 ; witnesses, James Mon- 
teith and Mark Hamilton, servitors to the Earl, and John 
Mcllwraith to Thomas Coutts, W.S. (f. 8.) 

Charter confirming a charter dated — • March 1569, 
granted by the deceased Sir Walter Scott of Branxholme, 
knight, to the deceased Robert Darling of Apiltrieleaves 
of that part of Apiltrieleaves occupied by the said deceased 
Robert Darling, and which has been resigned by Walter 
now Earl of Bukcleuche, now granted to Andrew Darling 
in Apiltrieleaves as son and heir of the said deceased 
Robert Darling, paying yearly £11 and armed service on 



BELL IN AULD MELROS 419 

horseback in time of war. Dated Barnebowgall, 7th 
August 1622 ; same witnesses. There follows a Precept 
of Clare Constat in favour of the said Andrew Darling, 
same date and witnesses. (f. 10.) 

Charter to James Edgar, notary in Melros, of that 
quarter of the South garden formerly belonging to James 
Ker in Melros with the teinds lying between the enclosure 
and garden of the said James Ker on the North and West, 
the vennel or highway of Melros on the East, the garden 
of George Freir and the garden commonly called the 
Gaitbank on the South, which garden was resigned by the 
said James Ker, paying yearly 40 s., dated Edinburgh, 
6th December 1622 ; witnesses, James Pringill, apparent 
of Bukholme, David McCulloch and Archibald Eliot. 

(ff. 12 and 13.) 

Charter to Adam Darling in Blainslie of a half merk land 
and the ninth part of Chappelcroft occupied by the said 
Adam Darling in Blainslie which formerly belonged to 
Edward Darling, younger, portioner of Blainslie, and 
Edward Darling, elder, his father, and were resigned by 
them, paying yearly 14 s. with duplication, one long and 
one short carriage and 2| kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 
25th December 1622 ; witnesses, Alexander Dicksone in 
Byiris, David McCulloch and Archibald Eliot. (f. 14.) 

Tack, with consent of Adam Bell in Auld Melros, to 
Alexander Mar, portioner of Newsteid, of that part of the 
fishing of Auld Melros between the Mylnefurd beside New- 
steid on the West and Leidermouth on the East for the said 
Alexander Mar's lifetime, entry on 14th December 1622, 
paying yearly four merks. Dated Edinburgh, 9th Decem- 
ber 1622 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, Mr. George 
Davidson and John McCairtney, servitors to the Earl. 

(f.l5.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of 
the half husband land occupied by Thomas Unes in Las- 
sudden (reserving the fishings), resigned by the said 
Thomas Unes, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. with 12 d. for 
two poultry and with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 



420 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

18th February 1623 ; witnesses, David McCuUoch, Mr. 
Adam Hepburn and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 15.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of the 
half of a husband land in Lassudden (excepting the fishing) 
which formerly belonged to Thomas Lethan, portioner 
of Lassudden, and was resigned by him, paying yearly 
18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two poultry and with duplication. 
Dated Edinburgh, 18th February 1623 ; same witnesses. 

(f.l6.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of 
half of a husband land of Lassudden occupied by Mungo 
and William Kyle there (excepting the fishings, stone 
quarries, etc.) which formerly belonged to Thomas Kyle 
commonly called of Hill, portioner of Lassudden, and was 
resigned by him, paying yearly 18 s. 6 d., 12 d. for two 
poultry, with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 18th Feb- 
. ruary 1623 ; same witnesses. (f. 17.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting George Trotter, 
son of the deceased Thomas Trotter in Reidpeth, in Ij 
husband lands of Reidpeth presently occupied by him 
with pasturage in the commonty of Ersiltoune. Dated 
Edinburgh, 24th February 1623 ; witnesses, David 
McCuUoch and James Dalmahoy, servitors to the Earl, 
Archibald Eliot, servitor to the said David McCuUoch and 
John Mcllwraith to Thomas Coutts, W.S. (f. 18.) 

Charter to Robert Trotter, merchant, burgess of Edin- 
burgh, of 1 J husband lands of Reidpeth presently occupied 
by George Trotter, with pasturage in the commonty of 
Ersiltoune, resigned by the said George Trotter in Reid- 
peth, paying yearly 33 s. 6 d. and 1 J carriages, with dupli- 
cation. Dated Edinburgh, 21st March 1623 ; witnesses, 
James Rentoune, David McCuUoch, and James Hamilton, 
servitors to the Earl. (f. 19.) 

Charter to William Wricht, portioner of Galtounsyde, 
of eight acres of Galtounsyde with Smithieyaird, with the 
teinds, paying yearly £39 6 s. 8 d., with three long car- 
riages and three loads turf, or 18 s. for each long carriage 



BOUSTOUNE IN GALTOUNSYDE 421 

and 3 s. 4 d. for each load turf in the option of the granter, 
with the sum of 40 s. for the said garden. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 27th June 1623 ; witnesses, David McCulloch and 
Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 20.) 

Charter to Robert Wallace, officer in Melros, of 5 J acres of 
the Annay of Melros, the meadow commonly called Monks- 
meadow, a tenement in Little Fordell, an acre of land in 
Quarelhill, and that part of the wairds occupied by the 
said Robert Wallace and his sub-tenants, with teinds, 
paying yearly for the 5g acres of the Annay 5 bolls, 2 
firlots barley, Jedburgh measure, with 5j capons ; for 
Monksmeadow £3 ; and for the others 40 s., with thirlage 
to the mill of Melros. Dated Edinburgh, 7th October 
1623 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburn, John McCairtney 
and Archibald Eliot. (f. 21.) 

Charter to Thomas Boustoune in Galtounsyde of 5 J 
acres of Galtounsyde occupied by himself, paying yearly 
£77 12 s. 10 d., with 4| long carriages and 3 loads turf, 
or 18 s. for each long carriage and 3 s. 4 d. for each load 
turf at the option of the granter, also 4f kain fowls, with 
thirlage to the mill of Westhouses. Dated Edinburgh, 
7th October 1623 ; same witnesses. (f. 22.) 

Charter to Andrew Mar of 18 acres of Galtounsyde with 
the small croft adjoining the said Andrew Mar's garden, 
and teinds, occupied by him, paying yearly £88 10 s. 8 d. 
with 6 1 long carriages and three loads turf, or 18 s. for each 
long carriage and 3 s. 4 d. for each load turf at the option 
of the granter, also 6| kain fowls, with 3 s. 4 d. for the 
foresaid small croft, and thirlage to the mill of Westhouses. 
Dated Edinburgh, 7th October 1623 ; same witnesses. 

(f. 24.) 

Charter to Barnard Bell in Newsteid of an acre of New- 
steid, with the teinds, presently occupied by him, paying 
yearly 37 s. 6 d. with half a short carriage or 4 s. and half 
a load turf or 20 d., with a half kain fowl. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 8th October 1623 ; witnesses, Mr. Robert Adame- 
sone, Mr. Adam Hepburne and John McCairtnay, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 25.) 



422 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Richard Wilson in Newsteid of two acres of 
Newsteid, with the teinds, presently occupied by him, 
paying yearly £3 15 s., with one short carriage or 8 s., and 
one load peats or 3 s. 4 d., with a kain fowl. Dated 
Edinburgh, 29th April 1624 ; witnesses, David McCul- 
loch, Mr. Adam Hepburne and Archibald Eliot, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 26.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of a 
dwelling house with gardens and croft adjoining, and the 
teinds, within the precinct of the monastery, belonging 
to Ralph Haliburton and occupied by him and his sub- 
tenants, resigned by him, paying yearly £10. Dated 
Melrose, 14th April 1624 ; witnesses, James Rentoune, 
Mr. Robert Adamesone, Mr. Adam Hepburne and David 
McCulloch, servitors to the Earl. (f. 28.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of 
two gardens, one called the Salrieyaird and the other 
Dean John Forest's yaird, with the teinds, lying within, 
the precinct of the monastery which formerly belonged to 
James Ker in Melrose, resigned by him, paying yearly 
13 s. 4 d. Dated Melrose, 14th April 1624 ; same wit- 
nesses, (f. 29.) 

Charter to Barnard Meyne of Galtounsyde of 14j acres 
of Galtounsyde, with the teinds, also the two acres called 
Pendicleland, with the teinds, presently occupied by him 
and his sub-tenants, paying yearly for the 14 J acres 
£72 14 s. 4 d. with two long carriages or 18 s. for each, 
and three loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for each at the option of 
the granter, and with 4 J kain fowls ; and for the two 
acres of Pendicleland £5 6 s. 8 d. Dated Edinburgh, 
29th April 1624 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburne and 
Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f, 30.) 

Charter to Andrew Holme in Galtonsyde of 11 acres of 
Galtonsyde, with the teinds, paying yearly £54 1 s. 4 d., 
with four long carriages or 18 s. for each carriage, and three 
loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for each load at the option of the 
granter, with 4| kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 29th 
April 1624 ; same witnesses. (f. 31.) 



ABBEY BRIDGE 423 

Charter to Andrew Meyne, commonly called ' Mathowis 
Andro,' in Newsteid, of 10 acres of Newsteid and an acre 
of Plumbersland in Newsteid, with the teinds, presently 
occupied by the said Andrew Meyne and his sub-tenants, 
paying yearly for said 10 acres £18 15 s., with one long 
carriage or 18 s., 3 short carriages or 8 s. for each, and 
4 loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for each at the option of the 
granter, and for the acre of Plumbersland 22 s. 6 d. Dated 
Edinburgh, 29th April 1624. (f. 33.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting John Chisholme 
as heir to the deceased John Chisholme in Newtoune, 
his father's brother, in a husband land of Newtoune, 
paying yearly £20 6 s. 8 d., one long carriage or 18 s., a 
short carriage or 8 s., and a load turf or 3 s. 4 d., with 
three kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 29th April 1624. 

(f.34.) 

Tack to Thomas Bell in Flass of the lands of Drygrange 
with the teinds for five years, paying yearly £500. Dated 
Edinburgh, 24th January 1624 ; witnesses, David McCul- 
loch, servitor to the Earl, Archibald Eliot, his servitor, 
and Thomas Lythgow in Reidpeth. (f. 35.) 

Charter to Andrew Tunno in Melrose of two acres of 
the Annay, with teinds, also two little tenements and 
garden within the precinct of the monastery and a little 
yard lying on the east side of the Abbey bridge of Melrose, 
and two acres of Walker's croft, presently occupied by 
him and his sub-tenants, paying yearly for the two acres of 
Annay 2 bolls barley, Jedburgh measure, and 2 capons ; 
for the two little tenements and garden and the little 
yard 50 s., and for the two acres of Walker's croft with 
the teinds £5 6 s. 8 d. Dated Edinburgh, 27th May 1624 ; 
witnesses, James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, David 
McCuUoch, and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 36.) 

Charter to Andrew Tunno in Melrose of that croft 
called Pentesyaird with the teinds presently occupied by 
him lying in the Abbey, along with those ruinous walls 
formerly possessed by the deceased Elizabeth Ker in the 



424 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

town of Melrose, which croft belonged formerly to James 
Ker in Melrose and was with consent of Mr. Thomas Ker 
there resigned, paying yearly, ten merks. Dated Edin- 
burgh, 27th May 1624 ; same witnesses. (f. 37.) 

Charter to Andrew Tunno in Melrose of a tenement of 
land within the precinct of the monastery occupied by 
himself which formerly belonged to Margaret Wallace, 
daughter and heir of the deceased William Wallace, 
burgess of Jedburgh, and was resigned by her, paying 
yearly £3, and four days' work, with duplication. Dated 
Edinburgh, 29th May 1624 ; same witnesses. (f. 38.) 

Charter to Andrew Tunno in Melrose of an acre or croft 
of the wairds of Melrose which formerly belonged to George 
Donaldsone in Melrose, and was resigned by him, paying 
yearly 15 s. Dated Edinburgh, 27th May 1624 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 39.) 

Charter to James Eistoune in Sintounwo^heid of a 
husband land in Lassudden occupied by Alexander Hastie 
(under reservation of the fishing, stone quarries, etc.), and 
was resigned by him, paying yearly 39 s. 4 d. and thirlage 
to the mill of Newtoune, also duplication and service at 
the three head courts. Dated Edinburgh, 27th May 1624 ; 
same witnesses. . (f. 40.) 

Charter to James Mertoun in Galtounsyde of six acres 
of Galtounsyde, paying yearly £29 10 s., four long carriages 
or 18 s. for each, and three loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for each, 
at the option of the granter, with 2j kain fowls. Dated 
Edinburgh, 27th September 1624 ; witnesses, George 
Pringill, John Eliot and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 41.) 

Charter to John Luikhoip, carpenter in Melrose, of a 
house and two gardens with the teinds within the precinct 
of the monastery occupied by the said John Luikhoip, 
paying yearly £7 and eight days' work. Dated Edinburgh, 
27th September 1624 ; same witnesses. (f. 42.) 

Charter to James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, of 
that garden called the Gresyaird and the stone dykes 



ORMOND PURSUIVANT 425 

around it with a waste piece of ground or passage between 
the house of James Ker in Melrose and the garden of John 
Luikhoip, leading from the highway to the said Gresyaird, 
lying within the precinct of the monastery, which formerly 
belonged to the said James Ker, and was resigned by him, 
paying yearly . . . Dated Edinburgh, 6th December 
1624 ; witnesses, Thomas Lythgow in Reidpeth, William 
McNab in Cauldstreame, and David McCulloch and Alex- 
ander Dicksone, servitors to the Earl. (f. 44.) 

Charter to John Anderson in Reidpeth in liferent, and 
William Anderson, his second son, of that husband land 
in Reidpeth called Coittisland which formerly belonged to 
Andrew Holme in Reidpeth, who with consent of Agnes 
Bruce, his wife, and Nicolas Cairncroce in Reidpeth, re- 
signed, paying yearly 22 s. 4 d., 3 kain fowls and a long 
carriage, with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 4th April 
1625 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, John Eliot and 
Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 45.) 

Charter to Alexander Anderson, lawful son of John 
Anderson in Reidpeth, of a husband land in Reidpeth, 
which formerly belonged to Andrew Holme in Reidpeth, 
who with consent of Agnes Bruce his wife resigned, paying 
yearly 22 s. 4 d., 3 kain fowls and a long carriage, with 
duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 4th April 1625 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 46.) 

Charter to James Currie, Ormond pursuivant, and Janet 
Bennet his spouse, in liferent, and John Currie their lawful 
son, of Ij husband lands of Newtoune which belonged to 
Andrew Lethan, carpenter in Dalkeith, who with consent 
of Helen Currie his wife resigned, paying yearly £29 3 s. 4 d., 
with Ij long carriages or 22 s. 6 d., and 1 J short carriages 
or 10 s., and Ij loads turf or 4 s. 2 d., in the option of the 
granter, with 3j kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 30th 
June 1625 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, George Pringill, 
John McCairtnay and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 48.) 

Charter to George Bell in Reidpeth, son of the deceased 
John Bell there, of a husband land in Reidpeth occupied by 



426 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

himself, paying yearly 22 s. 4 d., three kain fowls, and a 
long carriage, with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd 
December 1626 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburne and 
George Pringill and Archibald EUot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 49.) 

Charter to John Roger in Reidpeth, son of the deceased 
John Roger there, of two husband lands in Reidpeth 
occupied by the said John Roger and Isobel Richesone, his 
mother, paying yearly 44 s. 8 d. with six kain fowls, two 
long carriages, and duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd 
December 1626 ; same witnesses. (f. 50.) 

Charter to Andrew Davidson in Melrose, of a tenement 
and garden adjoining called The Rude, and a tenement 
in Little Fordell formerly belonging to John Notman, 
burgess of Selkirk, paying yearly for the first tenement 
25 s., and for the latter 25 s. Dated Edinburgh, 31st 
January 1627 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburne, Mr. 
Archibald Osuald and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 51.) 

Charter to Adam Murray in Burnpaigla of a husband 
land in Lassudden occupied by James Cochrane (reserving 
the fishings and stone quarries) which formerly belonged to 
James Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, paying yearly 
37 s. 9 d., and 2 s. for four poultry, with duplication and 
service at the justice ayres and head courts. Dated 
Edinburgh, 31st January 1627 ; same witnesses. 

(f. 53.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting William Edgar, 
son of James Edgar in Melrose, in that dwelling house, 
barn and garden which was occupied by the said deceased 
James Edgar; that dwelling house occupied by Janet 
Freir, widow of the deceased William Edgar, father of 
the said deceased James Edgar, lying within the precinct of 
the monastery ; six acres of the Annay ; half of Bowers- 
brae, with the teinds ; those three tenements in Little 
Fordell and those six acres of land in Quarelhill and six 
parts of the Wairds all occupied by the said deceased 
James Edgar and his sub -tenants, also that croft extend- 



MOWBRAY OF BARNEBOUGALL 427 

ing to nine acres of the Annay, with the teinds, formerly- 
belonging to James Ker, likewise that fourth South garden 
with the teinds formerly belonging to the said James Ker. 
Dated Edinburgh, 29th November 1625 ; witnesses, James 
Pringill, apparent of Bukholme, David McCulloch and John 
McCairtney, servitors to the Earl. (f. 54.) 

Charter by Thomas, Earl of Melrose, etc., narrating an 
action before the Lords of Session at his instance as baron 
of the barony of Dummanie and at the instance of Sir 
William Oliphant of Newtoun, knight, his Majesty's 
Advocate, against Alexander Mowbray in Dumannie .for 
the exhibition of all charters and other deeds granted by 
the said Earl or by Sir Robert Mowbray sometimes called 
of Barnebougall or by the deceased Sir Robert Mowbray, 
his father, the deceased John Mowbray, grandfather of the 
said Sir Robert Mowbray, or by the deceased Robert 
Bartane alias Mowbray and Barbara Mowbray, his wife, 
or any of them, or by the deceased John Mowbray, his 
great-grandfather, to the foresaid Alexander Mowbray 
now in Dummanie, or the deceased William Mowbray, his 
father, or the deceased Alexander Mowbray, his grand- 
father, or any other persons or their fathers, grandfathers, 
great-grandfathers or other predecessors whomsoever, 
by which they might succeed in right of blood to the four 
bovates of the town and lands of Dummanie possessed 
by the said Alexander Mowbray and the deceased Alex- 
ander Mowbray, his grandfather, lying on the south side 
of the said town, in the barony of Dummanie and shire of 
Linlithgow, in which action sentence was pronounced on 
26th March 1622, decerning the said charters, etc., to be 
null and void ; and now the said Earl dispones to his 
beloved servitor, James Monteithe, and his heirs and 
assignees the foresaid four bovates of the lands of Dum- 
manie to be held in feu farm, paying yearly £6 with service 
at the Earl's courts and duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 
3rd April 1622 ; witnesses, Mark Hamilton, Mr. John 
Hamilton and John Anderson, servitors to the Earl, and 
George Pringill, servitor to Thomas, Lord Binning. 

(f. 55.) 



428 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Charter to Mungo Mertoun in Galtounsyde, lawful son 
of Thomas Mertoun, there, of five acres of Galtounsyde 
with the teinds, and two acres of land called Pendicleland 
in Coittyairds, with the teinds, occupied by the said 
Mungo Mertoun and his sub-tenants, paying yearly for the 
said five acres £25 s. 4 d., with 1| long carriages or 18 s. 
for each long carriage and three loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for 
each load in the option of the granter, also Ij kain fowls, 
and for the two acres £5 6 s. 8 d., with thirlage to the mill 
of Westhouses, and service at courts. Dated Edinburgh, 
16th July 1627 ; witnesses, Mr. Archibald Osuald, Archi- 
bald Eliot and James Lythgow, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 57.) 

Charter to Nicol Milne, lawful son of Mungo Mylne in 
Newtoun, of a husband land of Newtoun formerly belongiug 
to John Chisholme of Brokhous, pajdng yearly £23 6 s. 8 d., 
also one long carriage or 18 s., one short carriage or 8 s., 
and one load turf or 3 s. 4 d. with three kain fowls. Dated 
Edinburgh, 10th July 1627 ; witnesses, Archibald Eliot 
and James Lythgow, servitors to the Earl. (f. 58.) 

Charter to Thomas Kyle in Lassudden, son of the 
deceased John Kyle, of a husband land of Lassudden 
(reserving fishings and quarries), paying yearly 18 s. 6 d. 
and 12 d. for two poultry. Dated Edinburgh, 26th July 
1627 ; witnesses, Mr. Archibald Osuald, Thomas Eraser 
and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 59.) 

Charter to John Hunter in Lassudden, lawful son of 
Thomas Hunter there, of the quarter of a husband land of 
Lassudden occupied by the said John Hunter (reserving 
the fishings and quarries), paying yearly 9 s. 3 d. and 6 d. 
for a poult. Dated Edinburgh, 28th July 1627 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 60.) 

Charter to Robert Brydin in Lassudden of a quarter of a 
husband land occupied by him there (excepting the fishings 
and stone quarries), paying yearly 9 s. 3d. and 6 d. for a 
poult. Dated Edinburgh, 26th July 1627 ; same wit- 
nesses, (f. 61.) 



HARDIES IN BLAINSLIE 429 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting Isobel Hardie, 
lawful daughter of the deceased Hugh Hardie in Blainslie, 
in 1| husband lands called the Cairters yairds there, paying 
yearly 28 s., 1\ long carriages, S\ kain fowls, with dupli- 
cation. Dated Edinburgh, 13th August 1627 ; witnesses, 
Mr. Adam Hepburne, Mr. Archibald Osuald and Archibald 
Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 63.) 

Charter to Isobel Hardie, whose ancestors have been 
beyond memory of man native tenants and possessors, of 
a half husband land in Blainslie occupied by Isobel Striv- 
ling, her mother, and which was conquest by the deceased 
John Hardie, brother of the said Isobel Hardie, from 
John Davidson in Blainslie, paying yearly 12 s., with half 
a long carriage, and If kain fowls with duplication. Dated 
Edinburgh, 13th August 1627 ; witnesses, James Lyth- 
gow, Archibald Eliot and Mr. Adam Hepburne, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 63.) 

Charter to James Lythgow, eldest lawful son of Thomas 
Lythgow in Reidpeth, and Isobel Hardie, lawful daughter 
of Hugh Hardie, portioner of Blainslie, his future spouse, 
of the 1\ husband lands called the Carters croft, and the 
other half of the husband land formerly belonging to John 
Davidson there and afterwards to the said Isobella Hardie, 
resigned for this new grant, paying yearly for the Carter 
yairds 28 s., with \\ long carriages and 3^ kain fowls, and 
for the half husband land 12 s., with half a long carriage 
and If kain fowls with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 
15th August 1627 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, Mr. Adam 
Hepburne and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 65.) 

Charter ^ to Nicol Carnecroce, lawful son of William 
Carnecroce of Colmeslie, of the two husband lands lying 
on the east side of the town of Reidpeth, formerly belong- 
ing to Andrew Holme, portioner of Reidpeth, who, with 
consent of Agnes Bruce his wife resigned, paying yearly 
44 s. 8 d., six kain fowls and two long carriages, with 
duplication, and thirlage to the mill of Reidpeth. Dated 

1 From this point the granter's title is Earl of Haddington. 



430 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Edinburgh, 7th June 1628 ; witnesses, David McCuUoch, 
Mr. Archibald Osuald, Thomas Eraser and Archibald 
Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 66.) 

Charter by Nicol Carnecroce, lawful son to William 
Carnecroce of Colmeslie, with consent of Isobel Pringill 
his spouse, to James Lythgow, servitor to the Earl of 
Haddington, of two husband lands lying in the east end 
of Reidpeth, under reversion. Dated 27th June 1628. 

(f. 67.) 

Charter confirming the immediately foregoing charter 
dated Edinburgh, 21st July 1628 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam 
Hepburne, Thomas Eraser and Archibald Eliot, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 47.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting Thomas Gaustoun 
as heir to his father David Gaustoun in Lassudden in Ij 
husband lands in Lassudden, paying yearly 46 s. 3 d., 
with 2 s. 6 d. for five poultry, with thirlage to the mill of 
Newtoun. Dated Edinburgh, 27th July 1629 ; witnesses, 
James Monteithe, Mr. William Brown and Archibald Eliot, 
servitors to the Earl. (f. 67.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting Robert Cunra as 
heir to his brother german, Thomas Cunra in Lassudden, 
in a half husbandland in Lassudden (excepting fishings, 
stone quarries, etc.), paying yearly 8 s. 6 d. and 12 d. for 
two poultry, with duplication, and thirlage to the mill 
of Newtoun. Dated Tunynghame, 21st October 1630 ; 
witnesses, Mr. Archibald Osuald, Clement Kincaid and 
Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 68.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting Thomas Mar in 
New'steid as heir to his deceased father, Alexander Mar 
in Newsteid, in 12 acres of Newsteid, and four acres called 
four pendicle acres in Coittyairds of Newsteid, with the 
teinds, paying yearly for the said 12 acres £24 10 s. and 
for the 4 acres £6, with 1 J long carriages or 27 s., three 
short carriages or 8 s. for each, 4^ loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for 
each at the option of the granter, with six kain fowls, 
thirlage to the mill of Melros, and service at courts. Dated 
Tunynghame, 21st October 1630 ; same witnesses. 

(f. 69.) 



WALKER IN DARNICK 431 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting Walter Coitt 
in Lassudden as heir to his uncle, Patrick Kyle in 
Lassudden, in three butts of land lying in that part of 
Lassudden called Laddit, and a tenement and yard in 
Lassudden (excepting the fishing and stone quarries), 
paying yearly 3s. 4 d., with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun 
and service in courts. Dated Edinburgh, 14th December 
1630 ; witnesses, Clement Kincaid, James Brown and 
Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 70.) 

Charter to George Ker, portioner of Fodderlie, of Ij 
husband lands in Lassudden formerly belonging to Thomas 
Kyle, portioner of Lassudden, which he with, consent of 
Margaret Jamieson his spouse and John Kyle his son 
resigned, paying yearly .55 s. 6 d., and 3 s. for six poultry, 
with thirlage to the mill of Newtoun. Dated Edinburgh, 
12th January 1631 ; witnesses, James Brown, John 
Johnstoun and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 70.) 

Charter to William Wallace, notary in Melros, of a dwell- 
ing house in Melros formerly occupied by Mr. Robert 
Brown, notary, lying between the highway on the east, 
the garden of James Nicol on the west, the prison of Melros 
on the north, and the dwelling house of John Brown in 
Kelso on the south, paying yearly 3 s. 4 d., with service in 
courts. Dated Edinburgh, 12th January 1681 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 72.) 

Precept of Clare Constat for infefting John Walker in 
Dernik as heir to his father John Walker in ten acres of 
Dernik with buildings thereon, paying yearly ten bolls 
barley, Melrose measure, 13 pecks to the boll, with five 
kain fowls and two long carriages, each for the distance of 
24 miles, and one short carriage for the distance of 12 miles 
or thereby, also 27 s. 6 d. in the first year of the entry of 
any heir, with forensic service. Dated Edinburgh, 27th 
June 1631 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburne, William 
Wolff and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 72.) 

Charter to William Chisholme, portioner of Dernick, of 
three husband lands of Eildoune which formerly belonged 



432 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

to James Scott, brother german of the deceased Sir Walter 
Scott of Whitslaid, paying yearly £60 with three long 
carriages or 18 s. for each, three short carriages or 8 s. for 
each, and three loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. for each, in the option 
of the granter, also nine kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 
23rd July 1631 ; witnesses, James Brown, William Wolff 
and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. (f. 73.) 

Charter to Thomas Kyle in Lassudden of a garden and 
four pieces of land called the Four Toft Butts there, 
formerly belonging to Thomas Kyle, his father's brother, 
presently occupied by him (excepting the fishings, stone 
quarries, etc.), paying yearly 3 s. 4 d., with thirlage to the 
mill of Newtoun and duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 
17th January 1632 ; witnesses, James Brown, John 
Johnston and Archibald Eliot. (f. 74.) 

Tack to Alexander Anderson, eldest lawful son of John 
Anderson, portioner of Reidpeth, of the lands called 
Sorrolesfeild, with the teinds, presently occupied by John 
Fisher, for seven years, paying yearly 500 merks. Dated 
Edinburgh, 23rd January 1632 ; witnesses, David 
McCulloch, Archibald Eliot and James Broune, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 75.) 

Tack to John Fisher in Sorrowlesfeild of the lands of 
Drygrange, with the teinds, for seven years, paying yearly 
£600. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd January 1632 ; witnesses, 
David McCulloch, Ninian Chirnesyde and James Brown, 
servitors to the Earl. (f. 76.) 

Tack to James Lidderdeane arid John Hardie in Keadislie 
equally between them of the lands of Claikmae in the parish 
of Ersiltoun and shire of Roxburgh, with the teinds, 
presently occupied by Michael Fisher and Thomas Lyth- 
gow, for seven years, paying yearly 450 merks. Dated 
Edinburgh, 23rd June 1632 ; witnesses, David McCulloch 
of Gutters, Alexander Mitchell, his servant, George Wauch 
and Mr. Adam Hepburne, servants to the Earl, and David 
Urquhart, servant to Thomas, Lord Binning. (f. 78.) 

Tack to Michael Fisher of Dernik of the lands of Cairt- 
leyis, Foulercroft, Onderbank, Newfuirdhauch, and Mar- 



TROTTER IN HOUSEBYRE 433 

islie, with the teinds, occupied by the said Michael Fisher, 
for five years, paying yearly 530 merles, and for Marislie 
70 merks. Dated Melrose and Edinburgh, 9th and 11th 
February 1632 ; witnesses, Thomas Lithgow, portioner of 
Ridpeth, George Frater in Langhauch, William Wallace, 
notary in Melrose, and William Wallace, his servitor. 

(f. 78.) 

Tack to Robert Trotter in Housbyre of the Earl's lands 
on the east side of Housbyre, with the teinds, presently 
occupied by the said Robert Trotter, for seven years, 
paying yearly 350 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 14th 
February 1632 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, James 
Broune and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 79.) 

[On the margin this tack is cancelled and a new one 
granted for 880 merks.] 

Tack to Michael Fishar, portioner of Dernik, of the lands 
of Auld Melrose for seven years, paying yearly 500 merks. 
Dated Edinburgh, 22nd March 1632 ; witnesses, James 
Broune, George Wauch and Archibald Eliot, servitors to 
the Earl. (f. 80.) 

Tack to Alexander Smith in Bancreiff of the lands of 
Banglaw presently possessed by Richard Smith, with the 
teinds, also the lands of Caldro Milne and mill lands 
presently possessed by James Stein, within the constabu- 
lary and parish of Haddington and sheriffdom of Edin- 
burgh, for nine years, paying yearly for Banglaw one 
chalder wheat, one chalder beir and two chalders six bolls 
oats, Haddington measure, and for Caldro 20 bolls wheat, 
20 bolls beir and two chalders and 14 bolls oats, like 
measure. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd April 1632 ; witnesses, 
David McCulloch, James Lythgow and James Broune. 

(f.81.) 

Tack to George Frater in Langhauch for himself and 
taking burden for John Frater and Andrew Smyth, ren- 
tallers of Langhauch, of the teinds of Langhauch for 19 
years, paying yearly 50 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 23rd 
April 1632 ; same witnesses. (f. 82.) 

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434 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Tack to James Sweit in Elleistoune, John Laidlay there 
and William Mylne in Newtoun, of the lands of Cammes- 
toune, with the teinds, which they presently posses?, paying 
yearly 43 bolls beir, Jedburgh measure, and two dozen 
capons. Dated Edinburgh and Melrose, 9th and 12th 
February 1632 ; same witnesses, a;nd William Mill, Michael 
Fischer in Aid Melrose, James Pringle, fiar of Bucholme, 
Thomas Lythgow, portioner of Ridpeth, and Robert 
Meane, mason in Newsteid. (f. 83.) 

Charter to Margaret Anderson, spouse of John Eccles in 
Newtoun, sister german and nearest heir to the deceased 
James Anderson in Newtoun, of that half husband land 
of Newtoun, with the barn and garden formerly belong- 
ing to Thomas Cochrane, and the house and garden 
formerly belonging to James Cochrane, presently occupied 
by the said Margaret Anderson and her spouse, paying 
yearly for the said half husband land £11 13 s. 4 d., half 
a long carriage, half a short carriage, half a load turf 
and Ij kain fowls, and for the said barn and garden 
and house and garden 2g kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 
2nd June 1632 ; witnesses, Mr. Adam Hepburne, David 
McCulloch and Archibald Eliot, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 83.) 

Tack to Thomas Lithgow, portioner of Ridpeth, and 
William Edgar in Melrose of the yeards of Melrose called 
the Abbots yeard, the East yeards, the bak house yeards, 
and James Bouston's yeards, with the teinds, presently 
occupied by them, for seven years, paying yearly 32 bolls 
beir, Jedburgh measure ; also the lands called Pryor- 
wood, presently possessed by the said William Edgar, 
paying yearly 50 merks. Dated Melrois and Edinburgh, 
8th and 9th June 1632 ; witnesses, James Pringle, fiar 
of Bukholme, John Pringle, his son, Michael Fisher, por- 
tioner of Dernek, and David McCulloch, Archibald Eliot 
and James Broune, servitors to the Earl. (f. 85.) 

Charter to Agnes Creich, widow of Charles Symsone, 
mason, burgess of Inverkeithing, and John Symsone their 
lawful son, whose predecessors have beyond memory of 



ORROKE OF BALRAINE 435 

man possessed the tenement and garden underwritten, of 
that tenement with garden called Meldrums yaird lying be- 
tween the lands of Mark Burgan on the north, the garden 
called the Bread yaird belonging to Mark Duncan, and the 
garden of Andrew Adisone and some other yards on the 
south, the mill dam of the said burgh on the east, and the 
highway on the west, within the barony of Inverkeithing, 
paying yearly 13 s. 4 d., with duplication. Dated Edin- 
burgh, last February 1632 ; witnesses, Archibald Eliot, 
John Eliot and James Broune, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 86.) 
Confirmation by Thomas, Earl of Haddington, etc., 
and Thomas, Lord Binning, of a charter by John Scott, 
sometime of Selvage, burgess of Inverkeithing, to William 
Orroke of Balraine of the lands of Selvage, and sasine 
following thereupon dated 4th May and registered 15th 
June 1631. The- confirmation is dated Edinburgh, 14th 
May 1632 ; witnesses, David McCuUoch, Mr. Adam 
Hepburne, Archibald Eliot and James Broun, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 87.) 

Charter by the Earl and Lord Binning, to John Bairdie, 
burgess of Inverkeithing, of the lands of Selvage in the 
barony of Inverkeithing and shire of Fife, which lands 
formerly belonged to William Orrok of Balrain, paying 
yearly £3. Dated Edinburgh, 20th June 1632 ; same 
witnesses. (f. 87.) 

Charter by the Earl to James Ljrthgow, his servitor, of 
a sixth part of the lands of Craig alias Craighouse occupied 
by the said James Lythgow and his tenants, in the parish of 
Ersiltoun, paying yearly £10, with thirlage to the mill of 
Ridpeth. Dated Edinburgh, 5th May 1632 ; witnesses, 
Clement Kincaid, Edward Pareis and James Broun, ser- 
vitors to the Earl. (f. 89.) 

[At the end is written ' Thomas Lythgow consents.'] 

Charter to Alexander Anderson, lawful son of William 
Anderson in Ridpeth, whose ancestors have been native 
tenants past memory of man, of a sixth part and half a 
sixth part of said lands, paying yearly £15, with thirlage 



436 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

to the mill of Reidpeth. Dated Edinburgh, 5th May 
1632 ; witnesses, Clement Kincaid, James Broun and 
James Lythgow, servitors of the Earl. (f. 90.) 

Charter to Andrew Cairncroce, whose ancestors have 
been native tenants past memory of man, of a sixth part 
and half a sixth part of said lands, paying yearly £15, 
with thirlage to the mill of Ridpeth. Dated Edinburgh, 
5th May 1632 ; same witnesses. (f. 90.) 

Charter to John Anderson in Ridpeth, whose ancestors 
have been native tenants past memory of man, of a sixth 
part of said lands, paying yearly £10, and thirlage to the 
mill of Ridpeth. Dated 5th May 1632 ; same witnesses. 

(f. 91.) 

Charter to John Roger in Ridpeth, whose predecessors 
have been native tenants past memory of man, of half a 
sixth part of said lands, paying yearly £5, with thirlage to 
the mill of Ridpeth. Dated Edinburgh, 5th May 1632 ; 
same witnesses. (f. 92.) 

Charter to George Bell in Ridpeth, whose ancestors have 
been native tenants past memory of man, of half a sixth 
part of said lands, paying yearly £5, with thirlage to the 
mill of Ridpeth. Dated Edinburgh, 5th May 1632 ; same 
witnesses. 

Precept of Clare Constat, by the Earl and Lord Binning, 
for infefting Mr. John Echlyne, minister at the church of 

within the kingdom of Ireland, as heir to his deceased 

father, Andrew Echlyne, sometime servitor to John, Lord 
Lyndsay, in the 40 s. lands of Dailies in the barony of 
Inverkeithing, occupied by the said Mr. John Echlyne 
and his tenants. Dated Edinburgh, 25th August 1632 ; 
witnesses, Alexander Chrystesone, Archibald Eliot, George 
Wauch and James Broun, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 93.) 

Charter to Thomas Meyne in Eildoun of a husband land 
and a piece of land called Monkscroft of the lands of 
Eildoun, with the teinds, paying yearly £23 6 s. 8 d., with 
a long carriage or 18 s., a short carriage or 8 s., and a load 
turf or 3 s. 4 d. at the option of the granter. Dated 



FORTUNE IN PENSHEILL 437 

Edinburgh, 20th August 1632 ; witnesses, James Broun, 
WUliam Wolf and James Lythgow, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 94.) 

Charter to Thomas Mar in Newsteed of three acres of the 
pendicleland called Ho wland, and three acres of thependicle- 
land in Monkslands, and two acres of Newsteed, formerly 
belonging to John Vair, with the teinds, paying yearly 
for Howlands £3 15 s., for Monksland 56 s. 6 d., and for 
the two acres of Newsteed £3 15 s., in all £10 6 s. 6 d., also 
a short carriage or 8 s. and a load turf with one ' cray of 
couU ' or 3 s. 4 d., with thirlage to the mill of Melrose. 
Dated Edinburgh, 23rd August 1632 ; witnesses, David 
Urwhart, James Broun and James Lythgow, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 95.) 

Tack to John Fortoun in Pensheill of the lands of 
Pensheill, with the teinds, presently possessed by the said 
John Fortune, in the parish of Quhittinghame and con- 
stabulary of Haddington, for seven years, paying yearly 
640 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 17th December 1632 ; 
witnesses, Ninian Chirnesyde, William Woulff, Alexander 
Hamilton and George Wauch, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 96.) 

Tack to Thomas Mar, younger, in Newsteed, of 7j acres 
of land in Annay of Melrose, with the teinds, paying yearly 
payment of 7j bolls barley, Jedburgh measure, and 7| 
capons. Dated Edinburgh, 18th January 1633 ; wit- 
nesses, William Lupe alias Wolf, Thomas Sheal and James 
Lythgow, servitors to the Earl (f. 97.) 

Tack to James Nicoll, portioner of Melrose, of the teinds 
of Melrose, including the whole yairds within the precinct. 
Little Fordell and other yairds in the town of Melrose, 
with the vicarage teinds of Danzeltoun, for five years, 
paying yearly 40 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 19th March 
.1633 ; witnesses, David McCuUoch, Ninian Chirnesyde 
and James Broun, servitors to the Earl. (f. 98.) 

Tack to John Cossar in Kaidslie of the piece of land 
called Kaidsliedooris, or Cossarslands, occupied by the said 



438 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

John Cossar, for seven years, paying yearly £40. Dated 
Edinburgh, 18th March 1633 ; witnesses, David Mackullo, 
Thomas Sheill arid James Broune, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 99.) 

Factory to George Bell in Ridpeth, appointing him 
chamberlain for the collecting of the Earl's rents within 
the barony of Caldstreame, dated Melrose and Edinburgh, 
8th and 12th May 1633 ; witnesses, James Nicoll, por- 
tioner of Melrose, William Nicoll, his son, Andrew Twno, 
notary there, Archibald Eliot, Clement Kincaid and 
James Broune, servitors to the Earl. [There is a similar 
appointment by Thomas, Lord Binning.] (f. 100.) 

Bond of Caution by George Bell, portioner of Ridpeth, 
for the faithful discharge of his office of chamberlain, his 
cautioners being David Meyne, ' challender,' portioner of 
Newsteid, and Alexander Anderson in Sorowlesfeild. 
Dated Edinburgh, 29th April, and Melrose, 4th May 1633 ; 
witnesses, Ninian Chirnesyde, Thomas Sheill and James 
Broune, servitors to the Earl, John Meyne, eldest son of 
the said David Meyne, William Anderson, brother to the 
said Alexander Anderson, and Andrew Twno, notary in 
Melrose. (f. 100.) 

Tack to James Miller in Knowes and Alexander Bie 
there of the lands of Knowes and Kirklandhill occupied by 
them, also that piece of land called the Bellpottis possessed 
by Beatrix Milnetoun, with the pertinents, possessed by 
the said James Miller and Alexander Bie, lying besouth the 
water of Tyne in the constabulary of Haddington and 
parish of Tyninghame, reserving the dovecots and grazing 
for four horses, also a cow's grass set to Christian Kelly in 
, Knowesmilne, for nine years, paying yearly 8 chalders 
wheat, 11 chalders here and 12 chalders oats, Haddington 
measure, the same to be carried to the harbours, towns and 
ports of Dunbar, North Berwick, Haddington, Tynemouth, 
or any of them at the option of the Earl. Dated Edinburgh,' 
31 st May 1633 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, Alexander 
Cunnyghame, Archibald Eliot and James Broun, servitors 
to the Earl. (f. 101.) 



SOUTH QUEENSFERRY 439 

Tack to John Kyle in Ersiltoun for himself and Thomas 
Kyle, his son, for their lifetimes, of two acres infeildland 
lying upon the west side of the water of Leader, also 12 
acres outfeildland called Breadstruther or Windilawes, 
possessed by the said John Kyle, paying yearly 40 s. for 
each acre infeildland and 20 s. for each acre outfeildland, 
together £16. Dated Edinburgh the 3rd and Melrose the 
6th April 1633 ; witnesses, William Woulff, Thomas Sheill 
and James Broun, servitors to the Earl, James Pringill, 
liar of Bukholme, and Thomas Lithgow in Ridpeth. 

(f. 102.) 

Procuratory of Resignation of Thomas, Earl of 

Haddington, appointing to resign in the hands of 

one of the bailies of the burgh of South Queensferry his 
tenement of land lying therein between the lands of Helen 
and Catherine ■ Thomson, heirs of the deceased John 
Thomson, on the east, the lands of Richard Davidson, now 
of John Wilson, called the Palleis, on the west, the seaside 
upon the north, and the highway upon the south, being 
part and pertinent of the lands of Murehill, lying within 
the lordship of Dunfermline and shire of Linlithgow, in 
favour of Robert Hill, mariner in South Queensferry, and 
Elizabeth Pontone his spouse, who have paid to him a 
certain sum of money therefor. Dated Edinburgh, 4th 
December 1633 ; witnesses, David McUlloch, James 
Monteithe and James Broun, servitors to the Earl, and 
James Hill, brother german to the said Robert Hill. 

(f. 103.) 

Disposition of the sixteenth part and thirty-second 
part of the water passage upon the water of Forth to 
Robert Hill, mariner in South Queensferry, and Elizabeth 
Pontone his spouse, with all privileges and pertinents 
thereto pertaining, paying yearly 5 s. Dated Edinburgh, 
4th December 1633 ; same witnesses. (f. 104.) 

Charter to John Pringill in Drem of the lands of Mungoes- 
wellis possessed by James Smith in West Fenton, within 
the barony of Byres and parish of Haddington, for seven 
years, paying yearly 41 bolls one ftrlot wheat, 59 bolls 2 



440 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

firlots bere, and 10 bolls oats, Haddington measure. 
Dated Edinburgh, 10th January 1684 ; witnesses, David 
McCulloeh, Archibald Eliot and James Broun, servitors 
to the Earl, and Hugh Fisher, servitor to Mr. John Eliot. 

(f. 106.) 

Tack with consent of John Pringill in Drem, to James 
Spence, lawful son of Robert Spence in Byres, the said 
Robert Spence being cautioner, of the lands in Drem 
possessed by the said John Pringill, with the teinds, for 
seven years, paying yearly 25 bolls bere, 24 bolls wheat 
and 13 bolls oats, Haddington measure. Dated Edinburgh, 
10th January 1634 ; same witnesses. (f. 107.) 

Letter of Bailiary by Thomas, Earl of Haddington, 
appointing John McKilvean of Grimet as baillie of the 
lands and barony of Melrose within the bailiary of Carrick 
and shire of Ayr, and for uplifting the rents, etc., of the 
barony of Monkland in Carrik. Dated Edinburgh, 28th 
January 1634. (f. 108.) 

Tack to John Fortoun and William Dodds in Pensheill 
of the lands of Preistlaw in Lamermuire, with the teinds, 
in the constabulary of Haddington, for nine years, paying 
yearly 700 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 26th February 
1634 ; witnesses, Ninian Chirnesyde, William Wolff, 
Thomas Sheill and James Lythgow, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 109.) 

Charter to William Barrie of the 11 J acres of land in 
Gatonsyde apprised at the instance of Elizabeth Thom- 
sone, lawful daughter of the deceased Thomas Thomsone 
in Gattonsyde, and the said William Barrie, her husband, 
from Alexander Barrie in Gattonsyde and the deceased 
Elizabeth Cook, his spouse, who was widow of the said 
deceased Thomas Thomsone, for a debt of £589 6 s. 8 d. 
and sheriff fee of £29 9 s. 4 d. on 5th December 1633 ; 
paying yearly the rents and duties formerly paid. Dated 
Edinburgh, 6th March 1634 ; witnesses, David McCulloeh, 
Mr. Adam Hepburne and James Broun, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 109.) 

Charter to Thomas Bell of the lands of Easter Langlie 
occupied by himself, resigned by James Cairncroce, younger 



WEST GATE OF ABBEY 441 

of Colmslie, paying yearly £6 and five stones butter or 
6 s. 8 d. for each stone in his option, with duplication, 
and thirlage to the mill of Westhouses. Dated Edinburgh, 
26th June 1634 ;. witnesses, Ninian Chirnesyde, George 
Ramsay and James Lithgow, servitors to the Earl. 

(f.lll.) 
Charter to John Sclaitter in Eildoune of 3| husband 
lands of Eildoune, with the teinds, paying yearly 
£81 13 s. 4 d. with 3j long carriages or 18 s. for each, 3j 
short carriages or 8 s. for each, and 3| loads turf or 3 s. 4 d. 
for each, with ten kain fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 19th 
June 1634 ; witnesses, Archibald Eliot, James Broun and 
James Lythgow, servitors to the Earl. (f. 112.) 

Charter to Thomas Middelmist in Eildoune of two 
husband lands of Eildoune, with the teinds, paying yearly 
£46 13 s. 4 d., two long and two short carriages and two 
loads of turf, or their equivalents in money, with six kain 
fowls. Dated Edinburgh, 26th June 1634 ; witnesses, 
Ninian Chirnsyde, George Ramsay and James Lythgow, 
servitors to the Earl. (f. 113.) 

Charter to William Wallace, notary in Melrose, of that 
croft of land, with teinds and pertinents, presently occupied 
by himself, lying at the west gate of the Abbey of Melrose, 
within the wall on the east, south and west and amnis (?) 
molendini (mill-stream) of the said Abbey on the north, 
also that ' cavill ' of land in the Waird of Melrose lying 
' rinrig,' also all and whole that medow lying at the east 
end of the town of Melrose called the Monkes medow with 
the arable lands and teinds thereof, also that half acre of 
the Annay of Melrose, with the teinds, lying in Bishopflatt 
consisting of a daill lying between the rig of Thomas 
Stenhous on the south and the rig of John Bower on the 
north, and consisting of a rig lying not far from the public 
highway of Bishopflatt, also that ' onsteid ' of houses back 
and fore under and above, with gardens, middingsteid 
and all other pertinents, presently occupied by the said 
William Wallace ; which croft of land, cavill of Wairds 
and Monkes medow formerly belonging to Robert Wallace 
in Melrose and Margaret Trotter his spouse, and half acre 



442 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

of the Annay of Melrose formerly belonging to Mr. Thomas 
Ker, portioner of Melrose, and Margaret Knox his spouse, 
and ' onsteid ' of houses, etc., formerly belonging to John 
Wallace, baker in Melrose, Elizabeth Chisholme his spouse, 
and William Wallace, their eldest son, were resigned by 
them in favour of the said William Wallace ; paying 
yearly for the said croft of land, etc., three bolls two firlots 
barley, with 3 J kain fowls ; for the cavill of land of Wairds 
15 s. ; for the Monkes medow £3 ; for the half acre of 
Annay half a boll barley and half a kain fowl ; for the 
' onsteid ' of houses, etc., four merks with five ' sheire 
dargs,' with duplication, and thirlage to the mill of Melrose. 
Dated Edinburgh, 5th June 1634 ; witnesses, David 
McCuUoch, James Lythgow, Thomas Sheill, Ninian Chirn- 
syde and James Brown, servitors to the Earl. (f. 114.) 

Precept of Clare Constat, for infefting William Cooke 
as heir to his father the deceased Robert Cooke, portioner 
of Melros, in that tenement or ' onsteid ' with garden, 
etc., presently occupied by Robert Gibson, lying within 
the monastery, paying yearly 20 s. and three ' darges,' 
with duplication. Dated Edinburgh, 6th July 1634 ; 
witnesses, Ninian Chirnsyde, Archibald EUot, James 
Lythgow and James Broun, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 116.) 

Charter to Robert Gibson, indweller in Melrose, of the 
tenement described in the immediately preceding precept, 
resigned by the said William Cook. Dated Edinburgh, 
3rd July 1684 ; same witnesses. (f. 117.) 

Tack to Alexander Bie in the Knowes of the lands of 
Kempshill with houses, pertinents and teinds, including 
therein four acres of land possessed by Janet Hay in 
Kempshill, lying within the parish of Stenton, for 13 
years, paying yearly ten bolls of wheat, fifteen bolls beir 
and twenty-eight bolls oats, Haddington measure, to be 
carried to Dunbar, Haddington, North Berwick or any 
other part of like distance as shall be required. Dated 
Edinburgh, 24th August 1635 ; witnesses, David 
McCulloch, Archibald Eliot and James Broun, servitors to 
the Earl, (f. 118.) 



COLDINGKNOWES 443 

Tack to Christian Kellie in Knowis mylne and James 
Fae, her son, of the two mills of the Knowis, with multures, 
etc., also pasturage on the lands of Knowis and Kirkland- 
hill and Tynninghame on the south side of the Water of 
Tyne, for seven years, paying yearly two bolls beir, twenty 
bolls wheat and twenty bolls oats, with twelve capons 
and twelve hens, with carriage of the said grain as requiredo 
Dated Edinburgh and Tynninghame, 24th and 31st August 
1635 ; witnesses, James Fairley, Alexander Cunningham, 
William Merser and George Schorteous, also David 
McCulloch, Archibald Eliot and James Brown, servitors to 
the Earl. (f. 119.) 

Tack to John Sheill in Ersiltoun of the lands of 
Hauchhead possessed by the said John Sheill with the 
teinds, also the two corn mills of Ersiltoun in the parish 
of Ersiltoun for five years, paying yearly for the lands of 
Hauchhead 200 merks, and for the two corn mills 508 
mierks, making together 708 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 
22nd September 1635 ; witnesses, David McCulloch and 
James Broun, servitors to the Earl. (f. 120.) 

Tack to Alexander Anderson, eldest lawful son of John 
Anderson, portioner of Ridpeth, of the lands of Sorrowles- 
feild, with the teinds, for 15 years, paying yearly 550 merks. 
Dated Edinburgh, 2nd October 1636 (sic) ; witnesses, 
George Ramsay, James Broune and Alexander Donaldson, 
servitors to the Earl. (f. 121.) 

Tack to Alexander Pringill of the lands of Drygrange, 
with the teinds, occupied by John Fisher, for seven years, 
paying yearly 1000 merks. Dated Edinburgh, 10th 
December 1635 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, Mr. John 
Hamilton and James Broune, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 122.) 

Tack to John Cochrane, gardener in Coldingknows, of 
the wairds of Coldingknows as bounded by an old dyke 
lying benorth the place of Coldingknows, with pasturage 
at the Mains of Coldingknows, also the yairds of Colding- 
knows possessed by the said John Cochrane, in the parish 
of Erslingtoun, for five years, paying yearly £60. Dated 



444 MELROSE REGALITY RECORDS 

Ersiltoun, 14th December 1635 ; witnesses, James Pringill 
of Bukholme and John Pringill, his eldest lawful son, 
Alexander Pringill in Ridpeth and Alexander Anderson 
there, John Lermonth of that ilk and Archibald Eliot, 
James Broun and John Logane, servitors to the Earl. 

(f. 123.) 

Tack to William Fisher, son of Michael Fisher, portioner 
of Dernik, of the lands of Auld Melros with the teinds and 
salmon fishing on the Water of Tweed, occupied and 
possessed by the said Michael Fisher for ten years, 
for yearly payment by the said William Fisher as 
principal and his father, Michael Fisher, as cautioner, of 
500 merks. Dated Melrose and Edinburgh, 20th and 
25th December 1635 ; witnesses, Alexander Elleis, malt- 
man in Melrose, and James Elleis, his son, and David 
McCullo, James Brown and John Logane, servitors to the 
Earl. (f. 123.) 

Tack to Alexander Fischer in Darnik of the lands of 
Cairtleyis, Suttorcroft, Meirbank, Newfuird, Newfuird- 
hauch and Marslie, with the teinds, presently occupied by 
Michael Fisher, for ten years, paying yearly, with Thomas 
Lythgow in Melrose as cautioner, 530 merks for the first- 
mentioned lands, and for Marslie 70 merks, in all 600 merks. 
Dated Melrose and Edinburgh, 20th and 25th December 
1635 ; same witnesses. (f. 124.) 

Backbond by Alexander Fisher, son to Michael Fisher 
in Darnik, promising the Earl who has set in tack to him 
the lands mentioned in the previous tack that he will 
permit the tenants of Bridgend to possess and labour that 
third and portion of the said lands which they presently 
possess during the period of the tack, paying the duty 
which they presently pay. Dated Melrose, 20th December 
1635 ; witnesses, Alexander Elleis, maltman in Melrose, 
and James Elleis, his son. (f. 125.) 

Tack to Charles Stevinsone in Craikisfurd of the teinds 
of the infield and outfield acres of the lands of Craikisfurd 
ying bewest the Water of Leidder, between the lands of 
Clackmae and Sorrowlisfeild, for the crop and year 1636, 
the said Charles Stevinsone, with Charles Stevinsone, his 



CORN MILLS OF MELROSE 445 

eldest lawful son, as cautioner, paying therefor 100 merks 
at Martinmas 1636. Dated Melrose, 20th and 25th 
December 1635 ; witnesses, Thomas Lythgow in Melrose, 
John Edyar and Walter Elleis there, David McCuUoch 
and James Broun, servitors to the Earl. (f. 126.) 

Tack to Thomas Lythgow, John Wauch and Robert 
Gibson, in Melrose, of the two corn mills of Melrose with 
the multures etc. thereof, for seven years, paying yearly 
£600. Dated Edinburgh and Melrose, 26th and 29th 
August 1635 ; witnesses, David McCulloch, Mr. John 
Hamilton, George Wauch, John Logane and James 
Lythgow, servitors to the Earl, James Pringill of Bukholme, 
Alexander Eleis and James Eleis, his son. (f. 127.) 

Charter by Thomas, Earl of Haddington, etc., and 
Thomas, Lord Binning, his eldest lawful son, to David 
Meyne, weaver in Newsteid, of eight acres of Newsteid, 
that half acre called Heulabutt, ten acres of Newsteid, 
four acres of Newsteid, three acres in Heulabutts in New- 
steid, and a third part of three acres called Monkland, with 
the teinds, all occupied by the said Da,vid Meyne, which 
eight and a half acres of Heulabutts belonged to Alison 
Johnston and Adam Bell, her husband, which ten acres 
formerly belonged to William Broun, portioner of New- 
steid, which four acres formerly belonged to Bernard Bell, 
portioner of Newsteid, which three acres in Heulabutts 
and third part of those three acres called Monkland 
formerly belonged to Thomas Mare, portioner of New- 
steid, who all resigned the same in favour of the said 
David Meyne ; paying yearly f